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2005-2006 Regulatory Agendas

02-313
Board of Dental Examiners

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-313
AGENCY NAME: Board of Dental Examiners (Affiliated with the Dept. of Professional & Financial Regulation)

CONTACT PERSON: Anita C. Merrow, Executive Secretary, 143 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333-0143. Tel. (207) 287-3333 – Fax (207) 287-8140

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA:

EXPECTED 2005-2006 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Rules Relating to Dental Hygienists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to: (1) include acceptance of the NERB/ADEX Local Anesthetic/Nitrous Oxide Examination in lieu of the Board administered exams; and (2) to discuss the possibility of repealing the Board rules in relation to eligibility for licensure by endorsement after 3 years of practice in another state or province instead of 5 years to be consistent with statute.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists, Hygienists and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 2: Rules Relating to Dental Assistants
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to (1) include an “inactive” status as a choice for licensure; (2) to determine whether a dental assistant can fabricate and place temporary crowns and bridges under direct supervision; (3) to determine whether to require CPR certification for a radiography license; and (4) to determine whether dental assistants can do periodontal data collection and pulp testing.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists, Dental Assistants, Certified Dental Assistants and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 3: Rules Relating to the Practice of Denturism
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to (1) create and inactive status as a choice for licensure.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Denturists, Dentists, and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 4: Educational Requirements for Establishing A Denture Technology Program In the State of Maine
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rules to (1) repeal the rule as is and update as appropriate.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Denturists and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 7: False and Misleading Advertising
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include (1) any and all advertisements of dental professionals, not just those of professional dental corporations; and (2) to add the language that “practice signage should state licensee’s name, profession, specialty, practice limited to, PHS hygienist, as well as printed forms, websites, etc.”
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dental Professionals and Citizens of the State of Maine

CHAPTER 10: Requirements for Licensure for Dental Hygienists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule on item I. 1.C. – and add language “or its successor”
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dental Hygienists and the Citizens of the State of Maine

CHAPTER 13: Rules for Use of General Anesthesia/Sedation by Dentists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §1073
PURPOSE: To determine whether the Board wishes to amend the rule to: (1) add language that “a permit is unnecessary when a dentist uses a single dose, one time administration, of a pediatric combination of drugs”; and (2) clarify III.B. in regards to conscious sedation.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: November 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists and the Citizens of the State of Maine

Whether to establish a new rule to: (1) define what constitutes a patient of record for both an oral surgeon and for general practice; (2) define a dentist of record; (3) provide an option for dentists, similar to a dental hygienist whereby a dentist could voluntarily provide services in a non-traditional setting such as a clinic; (4) add a statement that a dentist who volunteers at a clinic is not considered the dentist of record to the patient (or the patient is not considered a patient of record); (5) stipulate how often a dentist must perform an examination on a patient; (6) outline the proper dismissal of a patient; (7) establish the guidelines for closing a dental practice; (8) establish minimum acceptable standards for record-keeping; (9) clearly define records retention; and (10) discuss new rule for Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary.