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Dental Pilot Projects

The goal of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) 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.

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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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Adverse Events Webinar

The OHA Dental Pilot Projects Program conducted a webinar on Monday, March 9, 2020 on adverse event reporting requirements. For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar and download the webinar materials:

Comment on Proposed Rulemaking Before 5 PM September 21, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program is proposing to permanently amend administrative rules in chapter 333, division 10 “Dental Pilot Projects” to clarify the rules so that they are in alignment with statutory authority under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 716, Oregon Laws 2011.
The statute states that "The authority may approve a pilot project that is designed to: (a) Operate for three to five years or a sufficient amount of time to evaluate the validity of the pilot project." Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 333-010-0750 states that projects may operate "from between three to five years." Clarification to the rule is needed so that a dental pilot project who requires additional time to evaluate the validity of their pilot project may apply to OHA for an extension of their approved timeline.
The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed amended language before 5:00 PM on September 21, 2020. OHA will only be accepting written comments.

Please submit written comments to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:
OHA, Public Health Division
Heather Owens, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232
E-mail comments to:
You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.
For more information on how to submit written comments and review the full text of the proposed amended rules, please see the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking:

Final Approval for Dental Pilot Project Application #300

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program has issued a notice of final approval of the dental pilot project application titled, “Dental Hygiene Restorative Function Endorsement Model”, submitted by Willamette Dental.

OHA worked with Willamette Dental on its evaluation and monitoring plan and standard operating procedures required for final approval as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 333-010-0780 and 333-010-0740. The pilot project is approved to operate until January 2, 2025.

A Technical Review Board (TRB) was convened to help review and provide recommendations to OHA on whether OHA should approve or deny the application. As outlined in OAR 333-010-0730, OHA also asked for public comment on the proposed application.

For more information, please review the Notice of Final Approval and exhibits; proposed pilot project application; and background information from the Technical Review Board (TRB):

Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 333-010 (Revised effective May 1, 2020)

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to approve and monitor dental pilot projects that are intended to evaluate the 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; or
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 716, Oregon Laws 2011 (temporary provisions relating to dental pilot projects are compiled as notes following ORS 680.210) authorizes the OHA Public Health Division, Oral Health Program to adopt administrative rules to establish the requirements of dental pilot project applications; the process for reviewing applications; approval or denial of applications; minimum standards for approved projects; evaluation and monitoring of pilot projects; suspension or termination of an approved pilot project; and discontinuation or closure of a project.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 333 Division 10 contains the final rule text language for dental pilot projects. The OARs were last amended on May 1, 2020 to clarify what is required for pilot project applications; define terminology; and quantify the minimum percentage of underserved populations that a dental pilot project must focus on at each site or by each trainee.

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