Changes to some proposed rules and regulations to our practice, click here
Hello Sheila and All,
Here is the information on the changes that were made to chapter 7 and are now up for public comment. This notice of intent was sent to Cora Ligori on October 3 by Debra Bridges, executive director board of dental examiners. This chapter reflects many,many hours of work by Janine Sasse-Englert and Carol Owens. It is in strike out format so the changes made are very obvious. The section regarding laser use is not exactly as I would like to see it. I was in favor of having a grandfather clause for practitioners who are currently using lasers but I get the feeling that I was the only board member who wanted this. As was pointed out to me the whole section could be removed and then there would be no expanded function for laser use. I truly appreciate the work that Janine and Carol put into these changes.
On another note, I was able to attend the American Association of Dental Boards semi-annual meeting this month and really feel that I learned a lot! One thing that I came away with was that, in regards to dental hygiene, our state is not in the dark ages! Some states are still in the process of passing expanded functions for anesthetics and many have hygienists who sit on their state boards but either do not have voting rights or only have rights to vote on issues pertaining to dental hygiene.
One area of discussion that I found very interesting was the area of injecting Botox and other dermal fillers, a practice coming into the area of dentistry in some states.
Unfortunately one other subject that much time was spent discussing is the mis-use of narcotics by professionals and their staff members and the huge amount of time and resources spent by boards in dealing with it. I have to admit that I was somewhat naive in this area.
Also I have begun the process of becoming an examiner for both WREB and CRDTS, two testing services I have not thought about since I participated in CRDTS as a examinee 26 years ago!
I have to say that serving on the board has so far been a huge learning experience for me. I have much respect for the others who have served in the past and are currently serving. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or areas of concern!
Please click here to review Chapter 7 Rule Changes.http://plboards.state.wy.us/dental/RulesRegs.asp
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