Course Description:



Staying within the bounds of state regulations and practicing above the standard of care is among the best strategies for staying off the radar of the dental board.

In this online course, John Bitting, a Washington attorney specializing in dental regulations and advertising, will discuss what you need to know about your dental board. As one of only a handful of lawyers in the U.S. focusing on the actions of dental boards and the effects of these decisions upon the profession, Bitting has an extremely valuable perspective to share.

  • Discuss the true purpose of dental boards
  • Learn how to stay on top of regulatory developments
  • Discover how to protect yourself and your practice

Staying current is critical

"Dental boards act under the authority granted by their state legislature's Dental Practice Act. They are quasi-judicial bodies with the power to establish permit fees, levy fines and mete out punishment. In a worst case, they can take a dentist's license away," Bitting says.

Even regulations of small scope—for example those related to advertising—can have powerful consequences if not heeded. Anyone can initiate a complaint with the dental board, including a competing dentist. Should that trigger an investigation, the board has broad powers with regard to obtaining records.

Dentists ignore the activities of dental boards at their peril. This course will explain what dentists need to know and how to stay out of trouble.

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Complete this online course to earn one CE credit. Sign up today!

Purchase of this course grants access for one year.


Where can I meet requirement

To learn more about DOCS Education's. Wide range of courses Visit our Continuing Education Section or, which lists the latest regulatory developments. We particularly encourage membership in  DOCS Education, which offers round-the-clock personal attention from the nation's leading legal authority on dental regulations.

All DOCS Education programs are AGD PACE-approved courses

DOCS Education, an AGD Pace-approved provider since 2000, is the nation's premier educator of safe sedation dentisty protocols having trained more than 22,000 dentists.

Who is DOCS Education?

DOCS Education consists of over 3,000 members committed to offering safe dentistry to all patients, including those suffering from anxiety. DOCS Education graduates have safely treated an estimated 2 million patients across the United States and Canada. Since it's estimated around 30 percent of people fear the dentist, many individuals remain to be helped. That's why DOCS Education frequently updates its courses and information.