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Full Text of SB0335  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Dental Practice Act is amended by
5changing Sections 4 and 9 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 25/4)   (from Ch. 111, par. 2304)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
8    Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this Act:
9    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded
10by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application
11file or license file as maintained by the Department's
12licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or
13licensee to inform the Department of any change of address and
14those changes must be made either through the Department's
15website or by contacting the Department.
16    "Department" means the Department of Financial and
17Professional Regulation.
18    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
19Professional Regulation.
20    "Board" means the Board of Dentistry.
21    "Dentist" means a person who has received a general
22license pursuant to paragraph (a) of Section 11 of this Act and
23who may perform any intraoral and extraoral procedure required



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1in the practice of dentistry and to whom is reserved the
2responsibilities specified in Section 17.
3    "Dental hygienist" means a person who holds a license
4under this Act to perform dental services as authorized by
5Section 18.
6    "Dental assistant" means an appropriately trained person
7who, under the supervision of a dentist, provides dental
8services as authorized by Section 17.
9    "Expanded function dental assistant" means a dental
10assistant who has completed the training required by Section
1117.1 of this Act.
12    "Dental laboratory" means a person, firm or corporation
14        (i) engages in making, providing, repairing or
15    altering dental prosthetic appliances and other artificial
16    materials and devices which are returned to a dentist for
17    insertion into the human oral cavity or which come in
18    contact with its adjacent structures and tissues; and
19        (ii) utilizes or employs a dental technician to
20    provide such services; and
21        (iii) performs such functions only for a dentist or
22    dentists.
23    "Supervision" means supervision of a dental hygienist or a
24dental assistant requiring that a dentist authorize the
25procedure, remain in the dental facility while the procedure
26is performed, and approve the work performed by the dental



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1hygienist or dental assistant before dismissal of the patient,
2but does not mean that the dentist must be present at all times
3in the treatment room.
4    "General supervision" means supervision of a dental
5hygienist requiring that the patient be a patient of record,
6that the dentist examine the patient in accordance with
7Section 18 prior to treatment by the dental hygienist, and
8that the dentist authorize the procedures which are being
9carried out by a notation in the patient's record, but not
10requiring that a dentist be present when the authorized
11procedures are being performed. The issuance of a prescription
12to a dental laboratory by a dentist does not constitute
13general supervision.
14    "Public member" means a person who is not a health
15professional. For purposes of board membership, any person
16with a significant financial interest in a health service or
17profession is not a public member.
18    "Dentistry" means the healing art which is concerned with
19the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and care of
20conditions within the human oral cavity and its adjacent
21tissues and structures, as further specified in Section 17.
22    "Branches of dentistry" means the various specialties of
23dentistry which, for purposes of this Act, shall be limited to
24the following: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
25orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry,
26periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial



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1radiology, and dental anesthesiology.
2    "Specialist" means a dentist who has received a specialty
3license pursuant to Section 11(b).
4    "Dental technician" means a person who owns, operates or
5is employed by a dental laboratory and engages in making,
6providing, repairing or altering dental prosthetic appliances
7and other artificial materials and devices which are returned
8to a dentist for insertion into the human oral cavity or which
9come in contact with its adjacent structures and tissues.
10    "Impaired dentist" or "impaired dental hygienist" means a
11dentist or dental hygienist who is unable to practice with
12reasonable skill and safety because of a physical or mental
13disability as evidenced by a written determination or written
14consent based on clinical evidence, including deterioration
15through the aging process, loss of motor skills, abuse of
16drugs or alcohol, or a psychiatric disorder, of sufficient
17degree to diminish the person's ability to deliver competent
18patient care.
19    "Nurse" means a registered professional nurse, a certified
20registered nurse anesthetist licensed as an advanced practice
21registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse licensed under
22the Nurse Practice Act.
23    "Patient of record" means a patient for whom the patient's
24most recent dentist has obtained a relevant medical and dental
25history and on whom the dentist has performed an examination
26and evaluated the condition to be treated.



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1    "Dental responder" means a dentist or dental hygienist who
2is appropriately certified in disaster preparedness,
3immunizations, and dental humanitarian medical response
4consistent with the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public
5Health and training certified by the National Incident
6Management System or the National Disaster Life Support
8    "Mobile dental van or portable dental unit" means any
9self-contained or portable dental unit in which dentistry is
10practiced that can be moved, towed, or transported from one
11location to another in order to establish a location where
12dental services can be provided.
13    "Public health dental hygienist" means a hygienist who
14holds a valid license to practice in the State, has 2 years of
15full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours
16of clinical experience and has completed at least 42 clock
17hours of additional structured courses in dental education in
18advanced areas specific to public health dentistry.
19    "Public health setting" means a federally qualified health
20center; a federal, State, or local public health facility;
21Head Start; a special supplemental nutrition program for
22Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) facility; or a certified
23school-based health center or school-based oral health
25    "Public health supervision" means the supervision of a
26public health dental hygienist by a licensed dentist who has a



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1written public health supervision agreement with that public
2health dental hygienist while working in an approved facility
3or program that allows the public health dental hygienist to
4treat patients, without a dentist first examining the patient
5and being present in the facility during treatment, (1) who
6are eligible for Medicaid or (2) who are uninsured and whose
7household income is not greater than 200% of the federal
8poverty level.
9    "Teledentistry" means the use of telehealth systems and
10methodologies in dentistry and includes patient care and
11education delivery using synchronous and asynchronous
12communications under a dentist's authority as provided under
13this Act.
14(Source: P.A. 100-215, eff. 1-1-18; 100-513, eff. 1-1-18;
15100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-64, eff. 7-12-19; 101-162, eff.
167-26-19; revised 9-27-19.)
17    (225 ILCS 25/9)  (from Ch. 111, par. 2309)
18    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
19    Sec. 9. Qualifications of applicants for dental licenses.
20The Department shall require that each applicant for a license
21to practice dentistry shall:
22        (a) (Blank).
23        (b) Be at least 21 years of age and of good moral
24    character.
25        (c) (1) Present satisfactory evidence of completion of



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1    dental education by graduation from a dental college or
2    school in the United States or Canada approved by the
3    Department. The Department shall not approve any dental
4    college or school which does not require at least (A) 60
5    semester hours of collegiate credit or the equivalent in
6    acceptable subjects from a college or university before
7    admission, and (B) completion of at least 4 academic years
8    of instruction or the equivalent in an approved dental
9    college or school that is accredited by the Commission on
10    Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association;
11    or
12        (2) Present satisfactory evidence of completion of
13    dental education by graduation from a dental college or
14    school outside the United States or Canada and provide
15    satisfactory evidence that the applicant has: (A)
16    completed a minimum of 2 academic years of general dental
17    clinical training and obtained a doctorate of dental
18    surgery (DDS) or doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) at a
19    dental college or school in the United States or Canada
20    approved by the Department; or (B) met the program
21    requirements approved by rule by the Department.
22        Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent
23    either the Department or any dental college or school from
24    establishing higher standards than specified in this Act.
25        (d) (Blank).
26        (e) Present satisfactory evidence that the applicant



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1    has passed the integrated both parts of the National Board
2    Dental Examination administered by the Joint Commission on
3    National Dental Examinations and has successfully
4    completed an examination conducted by one of the following
5    regional testing services: the Central Regional Dental
6    Testing Service, Inc. (CRDTS), the Southern Regional
7    Testing Agency, Inc. (SRTA), the Western Regional
8    Examining Board (WREB), the Commission on Dental
9    Competency Assessments (CDCA) North East Regional Board
10    (NERB), or the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies
11    (CITA). For purposes of this Section, successful
12    completion shall mean that the applicant has achieved a
13    minimum passing score as determined by the applicable
14    regional testing service. The Secretary may suspend a
15    regional testing service under this subsection (e) if,
16    after proper notice and hearing, it is established that
17    (i) the integrity of the examination has been breached so
18    as to make future test results unreliable or (ii) the test
19    is fundamentally deficient in testing clinical competency.
20    In determining professional capacity under this Section,
21any individual who has not been actively engaged in the
22practice of dentistry, has not been a dental student, or has
23not been engaged in a formal program of dental education
24during the 5 years immediately preceding the filing of an
25application may be required to complete such additional
26testing, training, or remedial education as the Board may deem



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1necessary in order to establish the applicant's present
2capacity to practice dentistry with reasonable judgment,
3skill, and safety.
4(Source: P.A. 99-366, eff. 1-1-16; 100-215, eff. 1-1-18.)