"Supervision" means supervision of a dental hygienist or a dental
assistant requiring that a dentist authorize the procedure, remain in the
dental facility while the procedure is performed, and approve the work
performed by the dental hygienist or dental assistant before dismissal of
the patient, but does not mean that the dentist must be present at all
times in the treatment room.
"General supervision" means supervision of a dental hygienist
requiring that the patient be a patient of record,
that the dentist
examine the patient in accordance with Section 18 prior to treatment by the
dental hygienist, and that the
dentist authorize the procedures which
are being carried
out by a notation in the patient's record, but not requiring that a dentist
be present when the authorized
procedures are being performed. The
issuance of a prescription to a dental laboratory by a
dentist does not constitute general supervision.
"Public member" means a person who is not a health professional.
For purposes of board membership, any person with a significant financial
interest in a health service or profession is not a public member.
"Dentistry" means the healing art which is concerned with the
examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and care of conditions within
the human oral cavity and its adjacent tissues and structures, as further
specified in Section 17.
"Branches of dentistry" means the various specialties of dentistry
which, for purposes of this Act, shall be limited to the following:
endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial
orthopedics, pediatric dentistry,
periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial
radiology, and dental anesthesiology.
"Specialist" means a dentist who has received a specialty license
pursuant to Section 11(b).
"Dental technician" means a person who owns, operates or is
employed by a dental laboratory and engages in making, providing, repairing
or altering dental prosthetic appliances and other artificial materials and
devices which are returned to a dentist for insertion into the human oral
cavity or which come in contact with its adjacent structures and tissues.
"Impaired dentist" or "impaired dental hygienist" means a dentist
or dental hygienist who is unable to practice with
reasonable skill and safety because of a physical or mental disability as
evidenced by a written determination or written consent based on clinical
evidence, including deterioration through the aging process, loss of motor
skills, abuse of drugs or alcohol, or a psychiatric disorder, of sufficient
degree to diminish the person's ability to deliver competent patient care.
"Nurse" means a registered professional nurse, a certified registered
nurse anesthetist licensed as an advanced practice
registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act.
"Patient of record" means a patient for whom the patient's most recent
dentist has obtained
relevant medical and dental history and on whom the dentist has performed an
examination and evaluated the condition to be treated.
"Dental responder" means a dentist or dental hygienist who is appropriately certified in disaster preparedness, immunizations, and dental humanitarian medical response consistent with the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health and training certified by the National Incident Management System or the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.
"Mobile dental van or portable dental unit" means any self-contained or portable dental unit in which dentistry is practiced that can be moved, towed, or transported from one location to another in order to establish a location where dental services can be provided.
"Public health dental hygienist" means a hygienist who holds a valid license to practice in the State, has 2 years of full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours of clinical experience and has completed at least 42 clock hours of additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry.
"Public health setting" means a federally qualified health center; a federal, State, or local public health facility; Head Start; a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) facility; a certified school-based health center or school-based oral health program; a prison; or a long-term care facility.
"Public health supervision" means the supervision of a public health dental hygienist by a licensed dentist who has a written public health supervision agreement with that public health dental hygienist while working in an approved facility or program that allows the public health dental hygienist to treat patients, without a dentist first examining the patient and being present in the facility during treatment, (1) who are eligible for Medicaid or (2) who are uninsured and whose household income is not greater than 200% of the federal poverty level.
"Teledentistry" means the use of telehealth systems and methodologies in dentistry and includes patient care and education delivery using synchronous and asynchronous communications under a dentist's authority as provided under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-64, eff. 7-12-19; 101-162, eff. 7-26-19; 102-93, eff. 1-1-22; 102-588, eff. 8-20-21; 102-936, eff. 1-1-23