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Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 20
Petition Information
Petition Title RN as circulating nurse in office-based surgery
Date Filed 7/5/2005   
Petitioner Joseph A. Leming, M.D. 
Petitioner's Request

To require use of a registered nurse as the circulating nurse for office-based surgical procedures in dental offices.

Agency's Plan

The Board will request public comment on the petition and consider the request for an amendment at its meeting on September 16, 2005.

Comment Period Ended 8/29/2005
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 9/28/2005
Agency Decision Summary

The Board received comment indicating that such a requirement would be very burdensome and costly without sufficient evidence to indicate that it is necessary for patient safety in office-based settings. In addition, the Board has adopted regulations for office-based anesthesia which addressed concerns about safety.