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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties
Comment Period Ends 9/5/2018
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8/27/18  9:40 pm
Commenter: Steve Haverkos

Strongly Oppose

I strongly oppose this change because I believe it puts the public health at risk of fraud and increases the potential risk to harm a patient.  In my limited experience of a little more than a year, I have already seen and discussed many patient cases where they were defrauded.  The patients were made to believe they were receiving quality care from someone who had undergone the appropriate amount of training.  Many of the patients were ultimately harmed by a practitioner that was providing care beyond their training and skill level.  It disheartens me to think that this can happen when we all took an oath to do no harm.  I am afraid that changing such a regulation will only make it that much easier to confuse and defraud a patient and potentially cause irreparable harm.  For this reason, I hope this regulation change does not take place.