Course Description:

This course is worth 1.5 CE credit that is automatically issued with a digital certificate upon successful completion.

Learn to navigate the state dental regulations and federal policies that could impact your practice.

The national dental guidelines, federal policies, and state-by-state regulations are so diverse and constantly changing that you would need a lawyer to keep apprised of them all. Fortunately, DOCS Education employs a regulatory expert who understands the importance of protecting your practice, your patients, and yourself.

Presented by David Palmer, Esq., DOCS’ full-time Regulatory Counsel, this vital course can keep you out of legal jeopardy by teaching you how to avoid the most common regulation issues dentists face. You will learn the latest on the DEA MATE Act requirements, drug inventory and recordkeeping, typical HIPAA violations, and how to meet the Standard of Care with appropriate staffing and training.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand PDMP functionality and requirements.
  • Review legal obligations and timelines for consulting a PDMP.
  • Understand the necessity of DEA registrations and stay updated on regulatory changes and mandatory training requirements.
  • Review DEA recordkeeping requirements for administering and prescribing controlled substances.
  • Learn how to respond to online reviews while ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations.
  • Gain knowledge about sedation standards of care, recordkeeping, staffing, and monitoring requirements.

David T. Palmer, Esq. joined DOCS Education to assist sedation dentists as they navigate state regulations and compliance, while also serving as liaison to facilitate a knowledge-driven relationship between dentists and their governing boards. While this course cannot address each state board’s particular rules and requirements, DOCS Membership includes unlimited legal and regulatory support.

All sales are final.

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.

Watch the video and complete the quiz to earn 1.5 CE credits.

You can download this course and watch it anywhere using the DOCS APP. Get it on Google Play or the Apple Store.

Scientific support and additional resources are available here.

555 Practice Management/Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics-1.5 hours

DOCS online courses are available to the purchaser for one year from date of purchase.
No refund of course tuition is available.

David Palmer

Dave is uniquely qualified to advise and advocate for sedation dentistry, drawing on a regulatory background that started from his first experiences right out of law school, working directly for local judges as a Judicial Clerk at the county courthouse. A 2015 graduate of The University of Toledo College of Law, he was President of the Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta and a two-time participant in the International Major League Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University. He previously attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has a B.A. in Psychology.

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dave is barred in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has extensive experience in civil litigation at the state and federal levels. From time spent in both private practice and the corporate setting, his specialties include compliance, contract negotiation, contract drafting, civil and commercial litigation, small business formation, insurance regulations, and real estate. He has also demonstrated excellence in persuasive writing and editing, public speaking, and compliance.



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.