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Indiana Dental License Defense Lawyer

Indiana dentistry license defense lawyer for dentists and dental hygienists

Attorney for License Discipline Against Dentists, Orthodontists, Oral Surgeons, and Dental Hygienists

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry regulates multiple types of professionals who work in the dental field. Because these professionals receive extensive education and training to ensure that they can provide patients with the proper oral care, any issues that affect a person's dental license will need to be addressed quickly and effectively. If the Board chooses to take disciplinary action against a dentist, dental hygienist, or another type of provider, this may jeopardize the person's career and their ability to practice in the future.

At The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc., we understand the importance of maintaining a professional license, and we are dedicated to helping our clients respond to investigations and avoid or minimize the forms of discipline they may face. With our knowledge and understanding of how license discipline cases are handled by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA), we can provide the guidance and legal representation that dentists and others in the dental field need to protect their licenses.

Licensing Issues Addressed by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry

A professional who has a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree will be required to obtain and maintain a dentist license in order to practice dentistry. This will allow a person to provide patients with multiple types of dental care, including diagnosing and treating cavities or other oral diseases or conditions, extracting teeth, correcting the positions of the teeth and jaws, taking X-ray images for dental diagnostic purposes, making impressions or casts of teeth and oral tissues, and installing or adjusting dental implants, appliances, bridges, or prosthetics. In addition to a dentist license, a person will need to obtain a dental anesthesia permit or dental sedation permit that will allow them to administer general anesthesia or use light conscious sedation. Dentists who prescribe or administer medications to patients will also need to maintain a controlled substance registration with the DEA, and they will need to comply with Indiana's INSPECT program for monitoring and tracking prescriptions.

Dental hygienists will also need to maintain professional licenses that allow them to provide care to patients under the supervision of dentists. Dental hygienists may provide certain types of services to patients, including cleaning and polishing teeth, treating gum disease, taking X-rays and impressions, and other forms of assistance to dentists who provide treatment. Those who will administer nitrous oxide or local anesthetics will need to obtain a dental hygienist anesthesia permit.

Dentists or dental hygienists may face disciplinary action if they are accused of failing to comply with the rules and standards for dental practice. In some cases, discipline may be based on complaints by patients or others who believe that a person failed to meet the expected professional standards. A person may also be subject to investigation based on claims that they have violated laws related to the practice of dentistry, such as writing illegal prescriptions for controlled substances, as well as for any other criminal offenses that affected public safety, such as drunk driving. Other reasons for discipline may include substance abuse or other issues that affect a person's ability to provide the proper care, accusations of inappropriate sexual contact with patients, or engaging in fraud or other forms of deception.

Contact Our Indiana Dentist License Discipline Attorney

If you are a dentist, dental hygienist, or another dental professional who is facing a license suspension or revocation or other disciplinary action, our firm can provide you with legal help and representation. We can advocate on your behalf in disciplinary hearings or other proceedings, determine how to minimize the forms of discipline that you may face, and ensure that you take the proper remedial action to ensure that you can continue practicing dentistry. To arrange a complimentary consultation and learn how we can help you protect your professional license, contact our office today by calling 463-219-2612.

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