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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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8/29/18  2:12 pm
Commenter: Erica Brecher DMD, MS, VCU School of Dentistry

Strongly Oppose

As a board-certified pediatric dental specialist, I am strongly opposed to this change. This will evoke signficant confusion for our patients as they seek the most appropriate care for their children. Patients should understand the level of credentials of the provider they are seeking care from so they can make an informed decision. A dentist who limits their pratice to children but lacks adeqaute training will be unable to  care for children with more complex issues that are outside the scope of a general dentists. We risk the oral health of our patients and their overall health in terms of advance behavior guidance techniques such as sedation and general anesthesia that may be used inappropriately by those without proper training.