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Updated Board Rules & Temporary Rules - Effective January 1, 2020

At its Board Meeting on October 25, 2019 the Board voted to adopt two (2) new vaccine rules, adopt two (2) temporary rules, and amend 30 other rules.  Following are the links to the colored versions of the rule changes, as well as the Secretary of State filings: 

HB 2220 - New Bill signed by Governor Brown on May 6, 2019, will allow dentists (with appropriate training) to administer vaccinations to patients of record.
The Board is promulgating rules and training requirements in 2019 with the expectation that rules will be in place January 1, 2020.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistants - Placing Retraction Material Subgingivally

Did you know that dental assistants in Oregon who are EFDA certified, and who have completed a Board Approved course can place retraction material subgingivally?  In October 2015 the Oregon Board of Dentistry amended OAR 818-042-0090 Additional Functions of EFDAs to allow EFDAs to place retraction material subgingivally. 

Additional Functions of EFDAs
Upon successful completion of a course of instruction in a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, or other course of instruction approved by the Board, a certified Expanded Function Dental Assistant may perform the following functions under the indirect supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist providing that the procedure is checked by the dentist or dental hygienist prior to the patient being dismissed:
(1) Apply pit and fissure sealants provided the patient is examined before the sealants are placed. The sealants must be placed within 45 days of the procedure being authorized by a dentist or dental hygienist.
(2) Apply temporary soft relines to complete dentures for the purpose of tissue conditioning.
(3) Place retraction material subgingivally.

If you are interested in your EFDA being able to place retraction material subgingivally, following are the links to either apply to become an instructor or to find an instructor who has already been approved to put on the course:

Dental Hygienists - Silver Nitrate
Dental hygienists in the state of Oregon can administer silver nitrate, as it is considered an antimicrobial agent.  Pursuant to OAR 818-035-0030(1)(e) a dental hygienist can "Administer and dispense antimicrobial solutions or other antimicrobial agents in the performance of dental hygiene functions".

OBD Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2019

Oregon Pain Guidance - Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon state resource for healthcare professionals treating pain. For information on the following subjects and more please visit the Oregon Pain Guidance - Website:
  • Pain Treatment Guidelines
  • Non-Opioid Options
  • Treating Pain in Children and Adolescents
  • Recommended Opioid Policy for Dentists

DEQ - EPA Dental Rule Compliance

Questions regarding the DEQ - EPA Dental Rule Compliance should be directed to:

Etsegenet Belete
Pretreatment Program Coordinator
Telephone: 503-229-5586

Cultural Competence Continuing Education (CE)

HB2011 was signed by Governor Brown on May 30, 2019.  The OBD is working on drafting new rules related to continuing education which should go into effect in 2020.

HB2611 was passed into law (ORS 413.450), creating requirements for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), through Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), to provide resources and support for improving the cultural competence of regulated health care professionals in Oregon and to report to the Oregon Legislative Assembly about their level of participation in cultural competence education.  (Cultural Competence CE Brief)
  • The OBD encourages all Licensees to pursue ongoing continuing education opportunities in cultural competency.
  • The OBD considers cultural competency relevant to the current practice of all licensees, and licensees may use this CE towards their required CE hours.  However, please note that the OBD CURRENTLY has no hourly requirement for CE in cultural competency, BUT this will change in 2020.
Find an OHA-Approved CCE Training
  • This is a growing list of OHA-approved training opportunities, based upon criteria for high quality cultural competency education: Currently Approved Continuing Education Training
  •  As the registry is updated on a regular basis, please check back frequently for changes.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Legislation was passed in February 2018, along with rules enacted by the OHA requiring all dentists with an Oregon active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration to register with the PDMP by July 1, 2018.

If you have any trouble registering, please contact the PDMP directly, their email address is



At its Board Meeting on December 14, 2018, the Board of Dentistry recognized that it is within the scope of practice for a licensee to perform in-office A1C diabetes screening test for at-risk patients.  The Board noted that: a) such testing is not presumed to be the standard of care; and b) for A1C screenings beyond the normal range, licensees should refer patients to a physician for a formal evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

For information regarding HbA1c testing, the American Dental Association has published a guide point of care, diabetes testing and reporting. 

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