Denturist trainees who have obtained an associate's degree and 1,000 hours of supervised training will no longer have to wait until after they pass the practical examination to provide services under proposed changes to Board of Denture Technology Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs).
Proposed rules create a Denture Technology Temporary License that authorizes the holder to temporarily practice denture technology under indirect supervision. Temporary licenses are valid for one year and can be renewed one time.
"The practical examination is held only once a year, so the temporary license provides more flexibility to maintain competencyas a denturist while waiting to take the practical examination," says OHLA Policy Analyst Samie Patnode.
If they fail the practical examination, temporary licensees must obtain 350 additional hours of training prior to retaking the practical examination.
Supervisors of temporary licensees, and of temporary trainee licensees (see below), must obtain signed informed consent from all patients before a denture technology temporary trainee licensee or temporary licensee performs services on the patient.
Temporary licensees must also adhere to all denture technology practice standards.
The proposed rules also specify application requirements for a temporary license, including passage of the denture technology written examination.
Trainees Can Do Laboratory Work Under Indirect Supervision
Trainees who are working towards obtaining the 1,000 hours of supervised training will be able to do laboratory work under indirect supervision under the proposed rules.
Under the proposed rules, "indirect supervision" means the supervisor is available by phone or by other means of electronic communication. The supervisor must be able to reasonably oversee the work of the individual being supervised, and be availabe for questions and assistance when needed.
Direct supervision is required when a trainee is providing direct patient care.
Informed Consent Required if Providing Teeth Whitening Trays
Also in the proposed rules, denturists must provide patients with written and verbal information related to teeth whitening trays and teeth whitening solutions, including the procedure, alternatives, risks and questions.
OHLA has drafted an informed consent document that was approved by the Board of Denture Technology but is still being reviewed by the Board of Dentistry.
"Denturists should remember that they may construct and fit teeth whitening trays, but they can't actually provide teeth whitening services," says Patnode.
Public Hearing Scheduled for May 13
Click here to access the proposed rules. Stakeholders are invited to review the proposed rules and provide written comments by Monday, June 1, 2013. A publc hearing is scheduled for May 13.