Bill Text: VA SB146 | 2012 | Regular Session | Prefiled
Bill Title: Dental hygienists; remote supervision by a public health dentist. [Track Bill]
Status: 2012-03-06 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0102) [SB146 Detail]
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §54.1-2722 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§54.1-2722. License; application; qualifications; practice of dental hygiene.
A. No person shall practice dental hygiene unless he possesses a current, active, and valid license from the Board of Dentistry. The licensee shall have the right to practice dental hygiene in the Commonwealth for the period of his license as set by the Board, under the direction of any licensed dentist.
B. An application for such license shall be made to the Board in writing, and shall be accompanied by satisfactory proof that the applicant (i) is of good moral character, (ii) is a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program offered by an accredited institution of higher education, (iii) has passed the dental hygiene examination given by the Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, and (iv) has successfully completed a clinical examination acceptable to the Board.
C. The Board may grant a license to practice dental hygiene to
an applicant licensed to practice in another jurisdiction if he (i) meets the
requirements of subsection B
D. A licensed dental hygienist may, under the direction or general supervision of a licensed dentist and subject to the regulations of the Board, perform services that are educational, diagnostic, therapeutic, or preventive. These services shall not include the establishment of a final diagnosis or treatment plan for a dental patient. Pursuant to subsection V of § 54.1-3408, a licensed dental hygienist may administer topical oral fluorides under an oral or written order or a standing protocol issued by a dentist or a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine.
A dentist may also authorize a dental hygienist under his direction to administer Schedule VI nitrous oxide and oxygen inhalation analgesia and, to persons 18 years of age or older, Schedule VI local anesthesia. In its regulations, the Board of Dentistry shall establish the education and training requirements for dental hygienists to administer such controlled substances under a dentist's direction.
For the purposes of this section, "general supervision" means that a dentist has evaluated the patient and prescribed authorized services to be provided by a dental hygienist; however, the dentist need not be present in the facility while the authorized services are being provided.
The Board shall provide for an inactive license for those dental hygienists who hold a current, unrestricted license to practice in the Commonwealth at the time of application for an inactive license and who do not wish to practice in Virginia. The Board shall promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, including requirements for remedial education to activate a license.
E. (Expires July 1, 2012) Notwithstanding
any provision of law
F. A report of services provided by dental hygienists pursuant to
such protocol, including their impact upon the oral health of the citizens of
2. That the third enactments of Chapters 99 and 561 of the Acts of Assembly of 2009, as amended by Chapter 289 of the Acts of Assembly of 2011, are repealed.