NEWARK – The State Board of Dentistry (Board) is proposing amendments, repeals, and new rules to: 1) implement new laws; 2) update rules, terminology, citations, website addresses, and the names of the licensure examinations; and 3) clarify and codify current standards of practice and licensure and registration requirements.
The rulemaking reflects updates related to statutory changes, additions to enhance the safety of patients receiving dental services and those working in the profession, and identifies continuing education courses that must be completed in each renewal period.
In response to adverse incident reports and news articles from across the country, the Board is proposing amendments to the sedation rules to enhance the safety of patients receiving dental services. Because the Board is seeing incidents of trained individuals achieving a deeper level of sedation than intended, the Board wants to provide more guidance to the regulated community as to what is expected so as to enhance patient safety.
The proposed regulation, and information on how to submit a comment by January 17, 2020, can be viewed on the Division of Consumer Affairs’ website here.