Dental Practice & Licensing

<p>Information on dental-related laws and regulations: the Dental Practice Act, prescribing laws, medical device regulations, and mandated reporting.</p>

Before renewing license, some California dentists must submit fingerprint to dental board

California-licensed dentists who do not have a fingerprint on record in the dental board’s section of the Department of Consumer…

February 21, 2024 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

SmileDirectClub abruptly closing global operations, abandoning customers mid-treatment

In the aftermath of SmileDirectClub’s abrupt closure in early December, dentists may experience an uptick in patients needing orthodontic treatment. CDA has created FAQ to help members manage anticipated questions and concerns from past SmileDirectClub customers. 

December 14, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Patient Care

Scammers impersonating dental board staff target California dentists

Several CDA members have contacted CDA in the last week to report receiving calls from a scammer who is posing as a Dental Board of California official for the purpose of fraudulently collecting sensitive personal information and payment.

July 13, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Settlement requires SmileDirectClub to change refund policy for U.S. consumers

The online orthodontics company SmileDirectClub must remove certain conditions from its refund policy for U.S. customers and release more than 17,000 customers nationwide from those provisions in the company’s nondisclosure agreements as a result of a lawsuit settled last week. 

June 29, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Patient Care, Regulatory Compliance

Dentists can use CDA’s new Practice Health Check to evaluate patient financial management

Every quarter, CDA publishes a Practice Health Check focusing on a different topic related to the business side of dentistry. Patient financial management is the focus in the third quarter of 2023. CDA members are invited to take the Q3 Practice Health Check consisting of just three questions.

June 28, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Patient Management, Practice Management, Regulatory Compliance

California dentists should review C.E. requirements as dental board resumes audits

CDA encourages dentists to review continuing education requirements as the dental board resumes conducting C.E. audits. Common C.E. deficiencies include failure to complete a mandatory C.E. course, the minimum required units for license renewal or a course from an approved provider.

May 11, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, Education and Events, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

New anesthesia permit issues continue to be identified, prompt CDA advocacy

As the Dental Board of California continues to navigate its first full renewal cycle for the newly established anesthesia and sedation permits, two new implementation issues have been identified for the moderate sedation permit and have prompted CDA advocacy.

February 14, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

New California law creates e-prescribing exemption for dentists who meet specific criteria

Dentists and other health care practitioners in California who issue 100 or fewer prescriptions in a calendar year could receive an exemption from the state’s existing law requiring practitioners to electronically prescribe all medications. 

October 26, 2022 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Mandated course in opioid prescribing among C.E. changes for dentists in 2023

Changes in continuing education regulations are coming for California dentists beginning Jan. 1, 2023, including mandated C.E. that covers the responsibilities and requirements of prescribing Schedule II opioid drugs. 

October 20, 2022 |Dental Practice & Licensing, Education and Events, News Articles, Online Learning

California dentists can now apply for new general anesthesia, sedation permits

Updated Sept. 1, 2022: California-licensed dentists can now apply for the new general anesthesia/deep sedation, moderate sedation and pediatric minimal sedation permits through the dental board's online licensing system BreEZe. 

August 24, 2022 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Patient Care

California dentists can earn C.E. in CDA’s new online course on opioid use disorder

California dentists can take a new online course that meets the requirements for opioid use disorder training for licensure. “Responsibilities and Requirements for Prescribing Controlled Substances (Schedule II Opioid Drugs),” is eligible for 2 units of C.E. and is available to CDA members for a substantially discounted price. 

July 20, 2022 |Dental Practice & Licensing, Education and Events, News Articles, Online Learning

Provision of Botox solely for cosmetic purposes is outside the scope of dental practice in California

CDA reminds dentists that the California Dental Practice Act permits the use of Botox only when used as part of a comprehensive dental treatment plan and for one of the purposes defined in section 1625 of the state’s Business and Professions Code. 

June 29, 2022 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles