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A number of licenses issued by the Georgia Board of Dentistry ("Board") expire as of December 31, 2021, including all dentist and dental hygiene licenses. If a licensee has submitted a timely and sufficient renewal application by December 31, 2021, his/her license may be placed on "active-renewal pending" status. "Active-renewal pending" status does not mean that the registration has lapsed, is inactive, is deficient, or invalid. Rather, "active-renewal pending" status merely reflects that the licensee has submitted a timely and sufficient renewal application. Under O.C.G.A.§50-13-18(b), the license of a licensee who has made a timely and sufficient renewal application does not expire until the Board has reviewed and made a determination on the application, even if the date of that determination is after the expiration date. A licensee should save the receipt generated after submission of a timely and sufficient application as additional proof of renewal during the period in which the application is reviewed.
The Georgia Board of Dentistry shall hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the rules attached below at its meeting on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 10:00 AM via conference call at the Department of Community Health, 2 Peachtree Street NW, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.
OF INTENT TO AMEND 150-10-.01 Fraudulent, Misleading, or Deceptive Advertising_07.06.21
- Posted 07/07/21
OF INTENT TO AMEND 150-13-.01 Conscious Sedation Permits_07.06.21
- Posted 07/07/21
OF INTENT TO AMEND 150-5-.03 Supervision of Dental Hygienists_07.06.21
- Posted 07/07/21
On May 6, 2021, Governor Kemp signed
which temporarily suspends Board Rule 150-3-.01 and Emergency Rule 150-3-0.2-.11 to the extent necessary to allow dental license applicants to submit results from CRDTS or ADEX manikin-based typodont examinations taken on or after January 1, 2021. This executive order will expire when the Public Health State of Emergency is terminated or ceases to be renewed.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Board of Dentistry has elected to adopt this temporary continuing education policy for the 2020-2 021 biennium only. Board Rules 150-3-.09 and 150-5-.05 still apply, however, in lieu of the 50% of credit hours that are required to be "in person at an on-site course or seminar," the Board will accept "live, instructor-led virtual courses or seminars."
Please be aware that pre-recorded courses, replay courses, and courses classified as self-instruction do not qualify as live, instructor-led virtual courses or seminars and will not be accepted for the credit hours required to be on-site.
UPDATE: A webinar style pre-recorded course that is offered at a designated time (not at the participants' leisure) with the speaker on live to engage in conversation and Q&A, will be considered for live credit if the certificate of completion states that the webinar contained both live and pre-recorded portions and the speaker attests that he/she was on the webinar live for the entire course.
UPDATE: The Board continues to require CPR certification and re-certification be completed in-person, with no exceptions. - Posted 03/04/21
At the November 6, 2020 Board of Dentistry meeting, the Board discussed dentists, as healthcare practitioners, performing COVID-19 testing in office. The Board is of the opinion that COVID-19 testing does fall within the scope of practice for a dentist.
The Georgia Board of Dentistry recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and their patients face during this National Emergency. Our desires are to mitigate transmission of the COVID-19 virus while also supporting care for patients so as to help prevent overwhelming hospital emergency departments through the lifting of the Governor's Public Health State of Emergency. Under these circumstances, the Board recognizes that patients may be best served when telecommunication technology can be leveraged to support dental care.
Notice of Public Hearing: Examination for Dental Licensure
Following an Emergency Conference Call on May 1, 2020, the Board issues the following statement.
Executive Order Issued April 23, 2020:
Board's Response to the Executive Order issued April 20, 2020