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.

Course Objectives:

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

Scientific support and additional resources are available here. 

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.

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

Purchase of this course grants access for one year and requires an internet connection, computer with video and audio capabilities, and in some cases, Adobe Reader to view handouts and articles. 


(AGD Code - Definition - Hours) 

555 Practice Management and Human Relations (Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics) - 1 hour

Total hours: 1 hour



How can I meet my state’s requirements?

To learn more about how DOCS Education’s full range of courses can satisfy your state’s regulatory requirements, visit This unique online resource is kept up-to-date with the latest in sedation legislation by DOCS Education’s fulltime regulatory counsel. Contact one of our course advisers with any questions or visit our course listings to see upcoming classes and locations.

DOCS Education courses carry the AGD PACE certification

DOCS Education is the nation’s premier provider of safe sedation and advanced dentistry education, having trained almost 24,000 dentists. Since 2000, our courses have been accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. We offer extensive CE opportunities, both in-person and online, that meet your needs.

What is DOCS Education?

DOCS Education is an exclusive community of professionals serving at the forefront of dentistry. We offer world-class courses on safe sedation and advanced dentistry, relying on instructors who are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. We also are a supportive network of members who guide one another to be better, more confident, more successful dentists.