26 April 2011
Q. I am a dental hygienist and I have recently trained to deliver botulinum toxin. The dentist I work for is keen for me to provide this treatment for patients in the surgery. If I do this under his prescription (exclusively for his patients) will I also be covered by his indemnity? If I also wanted to advertise my services to attract people who would like to receive the treatment in a local beauty salon, would my DPL membership protect me whilst doing this work?
Dental Protection does not provide indemnity under your subscription as a hygienist member to undertake the provision of non-surgical cosmetic procedures using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, irrespective of where the treatment takes place.
You most certainly will not be covered under the dentist’s indemnity provision and you need to make alternative arrangements to indemnify yourself for this type of additional activity.
Why not contact our membership department for further advice prior to undertaking any such treatment? You can either contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 08457 187187
DPL has also published a position statement on the use of botulinum toxin in the dental surgery which you may find helpful.