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Frequently Asked Questions


Dentists:

Q: What are the requirements for a Temporary Volunteer License?

A: You can access all applications on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Please click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents.  The practitioner must complete the Volunteer Application.  The Board will keep a copy of the dental or dental hygiene license, CPR card and verification letter on file for six months.  During those six months, the volunteer practitioner will need to submit the temporary license application, noting the dates and location of services being provided, along with the applicable fee.  The Board will then provide a temporary license for the dates listed in the application for up to one week.  The Board can issue a temporary license repeatedly over that six month period.  At the end of the six month period, the practitioner must resubmit his or her information, including a verification letter from the state that he or she is currently practicing in.

 

Q: What are the requirements for retaining dental records or dental models?

A: A practitioner should speak with an attorney regarding retention of dental records or dental models. 

 

Q: Is my dentist required to provide a patient with a copy of his or her dental records?

A: Yes, SDCL 36-2-16 requires that a licensee of the healing arts provide copies of all medical records, reports and X-rays pertinent to the health of the patient, if available, to a patient or the patient's designee upon receipt by the licensee of a written request or a legible copy of a written request signed by the patient. The licensee may require before delivery that the patient pay the actual reproduction and mailing expense.  A violation of this statute is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

 

Q: Where do dentists obtain prescription pads? 

A: The SD Dental Association.  Please contact the SDDA at 605.224.9133

 

Q: Where do I find information regarding OSHA requirements?

A: You will need to contact the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, directly for OSHA standards, directives and standard interpretations related to dentistry.

 

Q: Can dentists use lasers?

A: At this time the Board does not regulate specific modes of treatment, such as the laser, when used by a dentist. 

Dental Hygienists:

Q: What are the requirements for a Temporary Volunteer License?

A: You can obtain an Application for a Temporary License on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  The practitioner must complete this application and submit the information requested on the application.  The Board will keep a copy of the dental or dental hygiene license, CPR card and verification letter on file for six months.  During that six months, the volunteer practitioner will need to submit the temporary license application, noting the dates and location of services being provided, along with the applicable fee.  The Board will then provide a temporary license for the dates listed in the application for up to one week.  The Board can issue a temporary license repeatedly over that six month period.  At the end of the six month period, the practitioner must resubmit his or her information, including a verification letter from the state that he or she is currently practicing in.

 

Q: Can a dental hygienist fill in for an Registered Dental Assistant?

A: Yes, however the dental hygienist must have the appropriate training and experience to do the specific procedures he or she is being asked to perform and must complete the procedures under the appropriate level of supervision.

 

Q: I am able to administer nitrous oxide/local anesthesia/monitor anesthesia in the state that I am currently registered in but do not have a permit as you are not required to have one in this state. Would I be eligible for this permit in SD?

A: Please see the respective application.  Applications can be found on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Please click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents.

 

Q: Can dental hygienists use lasers?

A: At this time the Board does not regulate specific modes of treatment, such as the laser, when used by a dental hygienist. 

 

Radiographers:

Q: Is there a separate license for taking X-Ray's?

A: Yes, if you are an RDA you must also be licensed as a radiographer to take x-rays.  Radiographer Applications can be found on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Please click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents.

 

Q: Does a patient have to wear a lead apron when a digital x-ray is being taken? 

A: Please refer to the administrative rules.  ARSD 44:03:01 contains information on Radiation Control and Safety.

 

Q: Does a radiographer need to be CPR certified?

A: No, the Board does not require radiographers to be CPR certified.

 

Registered Dental Assistants:

Q: Does a dental assistant need to be registered?

A: A dental assistant that is not registered with the Board cannot provide expanded functions.  A Registered Dental Assistant must be registered and can provide expanded functions approved by the Board.  You can access all applications on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Please click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents. 

 

Q: Can RDAs provide Scaling?

A: No.  

 

Q: I am able to administer nitrous oxide and/or monitor patients under anesthesia in the state that I am currently registered in but do not have a permit as you are not required to have one in this state. Would I be eligible for this permit in SD?

A: Please see the respective application.  Applications can be found on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Please click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents.

 

CPR:

Q: Which CPR Cards are accepted?

A: The Board accepts the following:

  1.  American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider (formerly known as the Healthcare Provider)
  2. American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer or the Healthcare Provider
  3. American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  4. American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Q: Can I submit CE credit for CPR course?

A: Yes.  CE Guidelines can be found on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.

 

Dental Corporations:

Q: Do dental corporations need to be registered?

A: Yes.  Dental corporations must be registered with the Board of Dentistry. All shareholders must be SD-licensed dentists. You can obtain a Corporate Application on our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com.  Click on Licensure and then Applications/Documents to access a listing of our application forms.

 

Continuing Education:

Q: When a course is not approved per audit what steps does a licensee take to receive approval?

A: A licensee must submit proof of attendance or a certificate of completion for the course.

 

Q: If a course is not on the Approved CE Calendar, does that mean it is not approved? 

A: No, it means the Board did not receive a request from the sponsor of the course to approve the course before the date of the course. 

 

Q: Can CE courses be rolled over to the next CE cycle if I have more than I need?

A: No, CE courses may not be rolled over to the next CE cycle.

 

Q: If I have met the maximum number allowed for one CE category can I move them to another category?
 

A: No, it must be recorded in the category it has been approved for.

 

Q: How long do I need to keep my CE records?

A: You must keep a file of your CE information, including proof of attendance and certificates of completion, for at least one (1) year following the end of your five (5) year CE cycle. If you are audited, you will be required to send documentation for all CE courses listed on your CE report.

 

Q: How many CE’s do I need in my 5 year cycle?

A: Please refer to our website at www.sdboardofdentistry.com for the number and class of CEs that are required for each licensee and registrant category.  Please click on Licensure and then Continuing Education.

 

Q: How many CE’s hours do I have?

A: In order to view your CE Report you must login to your account on the Board website, www.sdboardofdentistry.com, using your login information. Click on Continuing Education on the left-hand side.

 

General:

Q: What is the password needed to access my online account? 

A: Last 4 digits of your social security number.  If you would like to change your password, please contact our office.

  

Q: Can I update my home and email address on the website? 

A: Yes, please log in to your account to make updates.

 

Q: Why can’t I renew my license online?

A: The renewal process will not be open online until the beginning of May.  If it is after that time and your 5-year CE cycle ends on 06/30/XXXX, please look at your CE report and make sure you have the required CE hours.  If you do not have the required number of CE hours, you cannot renew your license. Your CPR expiration date must also be current or you cannot renew.

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