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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 165
Petition Information
Petition Title Operation of high speed rotary instruments by dental assistants
Date Filed 4/3/2012    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Denice Burnette 
Petitioner's Request

Amend section 190 to permit dental assistants II to operate a high speed rotary instrument in the mouth.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be posted and sent for public comment ending May 18, 2012.  The Board of Dentistry will consider the petition and any comment at its meeting scheduled for June 8, 2012.

Comment Period Ended 5/18/2012
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 6/8/2012
Agency Decision Summary


At its meeting on June 8, 2012, the Board considered the petition and comments for or against and decided to deny the request for rulemaking. In the Board’s opinion, allowing dental assistants II to use high speed rotary instruments has the potential for serious harm and is not in the interest of public health and safety. Additionally, there may be a statutory prohibition since § 54.1-2729.01 requires that only tasks that are reversible may be delegated to dental assistants II.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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