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Dental Pilot Projects

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

News and Announcements

Project Updates

  • Dental Pilot Project #200, "Training Dental Hygienists to Place Interim Therapeutic Restorations" has been approved.
  • Dental Pilot Project #100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project" has been approved.

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Rules Advisory Committee for Dental Pilot Projects Program

The Public Health Division, Oral Health Program is convening a rules advisory committee (RAC) to look at permanently amending administrative rules 333-010-0400 through 333-010-0470 in chapter 333, division 10 "Dental Pilot Projects" to amend requirements for project management, increase administrative efficiency and clarify site visit requirements.

The purpose of the RAC is to provide feedback and input on the development of amended rule language, as well as review the Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact for the proposed rules. The Oral Health Program accepted applications to serve on the RAC from May 7-23, 2018. Those selected were notified on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

RAC meetings will be held at the Portland State Office Building (PSOB) located at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232. Below are the specific dates and times for the RAC meetings:

About our Work

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority to approve dental pilot projects once an application has been approved. These projects are intended to evaluate quality of care, access, cost, workforce, and efficacy by:

  • Teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel
  • Developing new categories of dental personnel
  • Accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons

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