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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 304
Petition Information
Petition Title Elimination of requirements for indirect supervision of dental hygienists
Date Filed 8/16/2019    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Deborah Blanchard, DDS 
Petitioner's Request

To delete the requirements for the dentist to be present in the facility and to examine a patient during the time services are being provided (Subsection D of section 120)

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published on September 16, 2019 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending October 15, 2019.  The request to amend regulations and any comments for or against the petition will be considered by the Board at the first scheduled meeting after close of comment, which will be December 13, 2019.  The petitioner will receive information on the Board’s decision after that date.


Comment Period Ended 10/15/2019
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 12/13/2019
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting today, the Board considered the petition and public comment, both in support and in opposition. Following the recommendation of its Regulatory/Legislative Committee, the Board decided not to initiate rulemaking and confirmed its current requirement that a dentist be present in the facility and examine the patient during the time services are being provided by a dental hygienist. The Board does have regulations for general supervision that do not require the dentist to be present, provided certain conditions and restrictions are met.


Contact Information
Name / Title: Sandra Reen  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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