Additional dental requirements signed into law in Illinois.
Author: Lane, Ronda V.
Pub Date: 11/01/2011
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 80 Source Issue: 6
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Accession Number: 287748759
Full Text: SB1602 was signed into law on August 23, 2011. This new law makes a number of changes to the Illinois Dental Practice Act that will affect dentists as of this date forward.

Included in the new law are requirements that every dentist must provide proof of basic life support (BLS) at the time of licensure renewal. In addition, the Dental Practice Act now allows dentists and hygienists to count up to four hours of volunteer clinical service as part of their continuing education requirement for licensure. SB 1602 also expanded the scope of dental assistant duties to include placing, carving and finishing amalgam restorations upon the completion of an approved course and certification by the Department. Even though the statue has been passed, it will be illegal for an assistant to begin these duties until the process to get these educational requirements have been determined and the Rules and Regulations have been established and passed by the State Dental Board. Finally, the new act places requirements on dentists who operate mobile dental vans so that the patient can get copies of their records for follow up care.

compiled by Ronda V. Lane, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BS
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