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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
NOTICE: COVID-19 - TEMPORARY USE OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES
The Board is following the COVID-19 matter closely. All practitioners are advised to follow CDC recommendations and to make responsible decisions to ensure the health and safety of staff and patients.
It has come to our attention that scammers have begun spoofing the telephone number of the Board of Dentistry (404) 651-8000 and impersonating the Office of Investigations.