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To protect the public and our employees, the Oregon Board of Dentistry's Board office will be closed to the public, effective immediately and until further notice.  Board staff are available to assist you via telephone at 971-673-3200 or at

At its June 19, 2020, meeting the Board discussed amending the licensure rules to require that the clinical licensure examinations include at a minimum a clinical portion demonstrating psychomotor competency utilizing a typodont mounted in a manikin or live patient (proposed changes to OARs). The Board will consider amending these rules at its August 21, 2020 Board meeting, and has stated that any changes to licensure rules would not change until September 1, 2020, if the Board votes to change the rules. Any comments or feedback on proposed rule changes can be submitted to by August 4, 2020 at 4 pm to be included in the August 21, 2020 Board meeting packet.

The Board also voted to extend the extension for licensees and applicants whose BLS/CPR and/or ACLS/PALS certifications that lapsed/expires between March 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020.  Licensees will have until October 31, 2020 to renew their certifications if they are unable to do so due to the pandemic.

OBD COVID-19 FAQs (updated 6.22.2020)

New CDC dental guidance (May 19, 2020) .
Guidance for Dental Settings

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Key Points

  • Dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations.
  • Prioritize the most critical dental services and provide care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel from potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Proactively communicate to both personnel and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know the steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters your facility.

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Recommendations are provided for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New information is included regarding facility and equipment considerations, sterilization and disinfection, and considerations for the use of test-based strategies to inform patient care.
  • Expanded recommendations for provision of dental care to both patients with COVID-19 and patients without COVID-19.

FDA Guidance Restricts Use of KN95 Respirators
On May 9, 2020 - Oregon announcement by state health and safety officials follows federal restrictions

Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon
On May 7, 2020 Governor Kate Brown announced new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon, including new guidelines for counties and business on the phased reopening process.  The guidance is the product of a robust engagement process with stakeholders, doctors, health experts, business owners, and local officials to chart a path forward while keeping Oregonians healthy and safe.

May 6, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guidance for Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures
On April 30 and May 1, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued guidance implementing the Governor's Executive Order (EO) 20-22 that allowed the resumption of non-emergent and elective procedures on and after May 1, 2020. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), medical and dental offices, veterinary clinics, and other care settings must comply with OHA's guidance before resuming non-emergent and elective procedures. The guidance can be found at

The following information is intended to clarify aspects of the guidance.

For the latest information on the coronavirus in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority.

SERV-OR - Volunteer Registry
The OBD supports dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants signing up on the state's volunteer registry to be a resource for the current pandemic and future events.
Please sign up to volunteer through SERV-OR (State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon):

Governor Kate Brown has been consulting with the CDC, the Oregon Health Authority, state agencies and other public health experts on the best policies to slow the spread of COVID-19. This website will have the most accurate, helpful information and resources for Oregonians. This website will also take you to her Executive Orders, that direct the OBD and our Licensees on important actions that must be taken during this pandemic.

Welcome to our new website.  We appreciate your patience as you navigate it and become used to it. We also have a new web survey and appreciate your feedback on any aspect of our service and support to you. The survey will only take a minute-  click on this link

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