"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Dental Examiners; and relating to dentists and dental hygienists. "
"All involved could not think of any opposition to these changes."
- Rep. Kelly
House Bill 211 provides for the extension of the Board of Dental Examiners to June 30, 2011 as recommended by Legislative Audit #08-20031-04 dated August 5, 2004. The Audit states "The board is operating in the public interest by effectively regulating the individuals who hold themselves out to the public as licensed dentists and dental hygienists." The extension to 2011 is recommended by Legislative Audit to aid in "smoothing out the number of boards and commissions that come under sunset in a particular year."
House Bill 211 also includes several changes to the Dental Board Statutes that clean-up issues for the Board of Dental Examiners. The changes are further described as follows:
Implements continuing education requirements for dental hygienists in an amount of 14 hours for the previous two years.
Modifies inspection period for radiological equipment used in dentistry to five years from four years to better accommodate periodic inspections.
Clarifies qualifications for licensure by more clearly identifying impairment "that affects the applicant's ability to practice dentistry", and by adding a new section that provides an applicant "has not been convicted of a crime that adversely reflects on the applicant's ability or competency to practice dentistry or that jeopardizes the safety or well-being of a patient."
Clarifies the requirements for specialty licensure by requiring that the applicant meet the qualifications for licensure as a dentist in Alaska, and passes an examination given by either the Western Regional Examining Board, Central Region Dental Testing Service, Central Region Examining Board, or that the applicant meet the qualifications for licensure as a dentist in Alaska, and be board certified by a specialty certification board which is recognized by the American Dental Association.
These changes were the result of a joint meeting with representatives from the Department of Occupational Licensing, Alaska Board of Dental Examiners, and Alaska Dental Society. The changes were also discussed with representatives of the Alaska State Dental Hygiene Association. All involved could not think of any opposition to these changes.