Colorado Dental Board: News


Rulemaking Hearing - June 14

The Colorado Dental Board will hold a public rulemaking hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2018, to adopt changes to Rule XXVI - Application of Silver Diamine Fluoride by Dental Hygienists.

Meeting Details

Oral and Written Comments

Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present in person or participating via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting, you may submit written comments regarding this rulemaking to dora_dentalboard@state.co.us no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, to include them in the official record. 


Bill expands dental hygienists' scope of practice

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 18-1045 Dental Hygienist Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride (HB18-1045). The bill became effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature on March 22, 2018 and expands the dental hygienist Scope of Practice by allowing dental hygienists to apply silver diamine fluoride under the direct or indirect supervision of a dentist if the dental hygienist:

  • holds a license in good standing to practice dental hygiene;
  • completes a postsecondary course on the use and limitations of silver diamine fluoride;
  • is covered by professional liability insurance; and
  • has a collaborative agreement with a dentist that outlines the protocol, any restrictions, and follow-up procedures for the use of silver diamine fluoride.

A dental hygienist may apply silver diamine fluoride only in collaboration with a dentist. The bill further outlines procedures for supervising dentists who are providing supervision from a separate location apart from the dental hygienist or via telehealth.

The bill also directs the Colorado Dental Board to create rules within 90 days of the effective date - June 22, 2018, in this instance. The Board has started implementing the bill and will draft rules as soon as possible. Implementation updates will be posted to the website, including details regarding a future stakeholder meeting to be held in early May. Please email dora_dentalboard@state.co.us with any questions.

Stakeholder Meeting - May 10

As part of the implementation of House Bill 18-1045 Dental Hygienist Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride (HB18-1045), the Colorado Dental Board will hold a stakeholder meeting to collect input on a draft, new Rule XXVI Application of Silver Diamine Fluoride by Dental Hygienists. The official meeting notice and draft rule are posted below. The Colorado Dental Board sent a “save the date” in April because of the tight legislative implementation schedule. We hope many stakeholders will be able to participate in this meeting. Please watch the Board’s website to see the latest updates on how the Board is implementing House Bill 18-1045. 

Meeting Details

Questions can be sent to dora_dentalboard@state.co.us.


Revised Opioid Guidelines

On March 16, 2018, the revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids were adopted by all six of Colorado’s prescribing and dispensing Boards: the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, the State Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and endorsed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

This revised Policy is a product of the collaboration between the seven Boards and a robust stakeholder engagement process. Stakeholder views, opinions and comments were essential in the revision of the 2014 Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids.

Visit the Opioid Guidelines webpage.

Training on Opioid Prescribing Available

For dentists prescribing/dispensing opioids, the Colorado Dental Board recommends completing a continuing education course titled “The Opioid Crisis: Best Practices in Dentistry (for oral surgeons and dentists)”. The training program was developed by the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health in partnership with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and with input from several interested stakeholders. This 1-hour online, self-paced course will provide information to help you understand the significance of the opioid epidemic, understand the role of dentists, learn best practices and strategies for preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse, and identify tools and resources.

To access the training:


Feb. 28 Stakeholder Recording

The Colorado Dental Board held a stakeholder meeting on February 28, 2018 to obtain input on proposed changes to Rule XXIV - Use of LasersListen to the February 28 stakeholder recording.


New PDMP Delegate Training Video

A new training video is now available to show prescribers and pharmacists how to set up delegate accounts for the PDMP.  Any prescriber or pharmacist can create up to three delegate accounts for trained individuals who can check the PDMP on the prescriber or pharmacist's behalf.  You can utilize the PDMP more frequently to get the most complete medical history possible.

View the video now or access it via the "New Delegate Training Video!" button on the PDMP homepage.


Changes to Disciplinary Procedures

On June 6, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 17-1165 (HB17-1165) Department of Regulatory Agencies Boards Disciplinary Action Resolution Process. The new law became effective upon the Governor’s signature on June 6, 2017, and modifies the disciplinary procedures for six healthcare boards (prescriber boards) within the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The prescriber boards affected include:

  • Colorado Dental Board;
  • Colorado Medical Board;
  • State Board of Nursing;
  • State Board of Optometry;
  • Colorado Podiatry Board; and
  • State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

As part of the bill’s implementation, we want to make sure you are aware of certain deadlines that affect the prescriber boards’ complaint processes and how you may need to respond to a board request. The following deadlines now apply unless a prescriber board has more protective provisions in current state law:

  • Within 15 days of receipt of a complaint, the boards must provide the complainant with a written notice that includes contact information for the board, a summary of the complaint process and the complainant's rights, including a patient's right to receive a copy of his or her patient records.
  • If relevant to a complaint, licensees must provide the board with patient records within 30 days of a board request for the records in the form of the response to a 30-day letter.
  • If an investigation was initiated as a result of a complaint, and the board took public, formal action, the board must provide the complainant with written notice of the action within 30 days of the action.
  • If a complaint is still pending after six months, the board must notify the complainant that the complaint is still pending, subject to applicable restrictions in state law.
  • Each prescriber board is required to update its website within 30 days after suspending or revoking a license, listing each licensee subject to the suspension or revocation separately.

Finally, insurance carriers must now update their participating provider lists every 30 days to remove providers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked.

These deadlines are now in effect as required by state law. If you have questions about the new requirement or any other aspect of House Bill 17-1165, please contact Jo Donlin at jo.donlin@state.co.us or 303-894-7434.


Mandatory Reporting Reminder

Did you know you are a mandatory reporter? Under Colorado law, more than 40 professions are required to report suspected child abuse and elder abuse. These professions include many regulated through the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) at DORA, such as:

  • Physicians (including physician assistants and physicians in training);
  • Podiatrists;
  • Dentists and dental hygienists;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Nurses (including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners);
  • Nursing home administrators;
  • Occupational therapists;
  • Optometrists;
  • Physical therapists;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Veterinarians;
  • Mental health professionals (including psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, registered psychotherapists and all candidates for licensure);

Online trainings help mandatory reporters recognize and report abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Licensees of the regulatory boards at DPO may accrue credit towards continuing education and continuing competency requirements for completing the trainings (should they exist for their profession).  

Section 19-3-304, C.R.S. outlines the persons required by law to report child abuse and/or neglect. To assist mandatory reporters, a training is available on the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://coloradocwts.com/mandated-reporter-training.

Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S outlines the persons required by law to report abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders and at-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Further information and an online training can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://www.coloradoaps.com/about-mandatory-reporting-update.html.  

If you have further questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Colorado Department of Human Services.

For questions regarding mandatory child abuse reporting, please contact the Office of Children, Youth, and Families’ Child Welfare Training System at 800-390-9619 or support@coloradocwts.com.

For questions regarding mandatory reporting of at-risk elders and at-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please contact the Office of Community Access and Independence’s Division of Aging and Adult Services at cdhs_aps_questions@state.co.us.


Important PDMP Updates

As we work together to tackle prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion, we see PDMP utilization rates continue to increase as the database continues to serve as an important tool for meeting the standard of care for safe prescribing.

New Website

We are pleased to announce a new and improved PDMP website: colorado.gov/dora-pdmp. We listened to your challenges and ideas and hope you’ll find the new website easier to navigate and more relevant to your needs. You will be able to link to your PDMP account and access other information directly from the homepage. We also selected a new vendor, APPRISS, and will be utilizing the PMP AWARxE system. The database interface will look different and make PDMP queries easier and quicker. We encourage your continued feedback for ongoing improvement efforts.

New State Law Improves Access to PDMP

To make the PDMP more accessible and easier for health professionals to incorporate into daily use, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation in 2017. On April 6, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-146 Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which clarifies health professionals' access to the PDMP database by:

  • Allowing a health care provider with prescribing authority to query the PDMP about a current patient, including checking on drug interactions and side effects, thus making the PDMP an even more useful tool for health professionals in their clinical decision-making for patients;
  • Allowing a veterinarian with prescribing authority to query the PDMP about a current client if the veterinarian has a reasonable basis to suspect the client has committed drug abuse or has mistreated an animal; and
  • Allowing a pharmacist to query the PDMP about a current patient for whom the pharmacist is dispensing any prescription drug, rather than only patients receiving controlled substances.

The law became effective immediately, and the Division is working with the appropriate Boards to implement the new law including rulemaking, outreach and education. If you have questions about the Colorado PDMP, please contact Division staff at 303-894-5957 or pdmpinqr@state.co.us. If you need technical assistance with the PMP AWARxE system, please contact the vendor help desk at 1-855-263-6403.


Free Access to PainNET System for Colorado Providers

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) worked with the vendor of its Project ECHO Pain Management Program, Community Health Center, to expand access to the program website known as PainNET.

The PainNet website is an online learning community that aims to improve pain care expertise among primary care providers. The website is also available to other Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) primary care medical providers (PCMPs) for free.

The PainNET learning community enables PCMPs to develop expertise to treat patients with complex chronic pain through a combination of archived Project ECHO Pain case presentations, resource libraries, community forums and expert consultations. Providers and specialists are able to communicate through discussion boards, chat rooms and direct messaging.

This is a great resource for Colorado providers to access resources that can increase their knowledge on how to manage chronic pain more effectively.

Learn More About PainNET


New CE Requirements

New continuing education requirements are now in place! Every licensed dentist or licensed dental hygienist must now complete 30 hours of Board approved continuing education during the two years preceding the next renewal period, which ends February 28, 2018. All licensed dentists, dentists with an academic license, and licensed dental hygienists who are renewing an active license must meet these new requirements. Licensees can start accumulating Board approved CE hours on or after March 1, 2016 and they must be completed by February 28, 2018 in order to apply them to the 2018 renewal period.  

We will conduct additional outreach and education on the new requirements in 2016. Currently, anyone interested in learning about the detailed requirements should review Rule III(G), including the types of continuing education that are accepted.

If you have questions, please contact the Colorado Dental Board staff at dora_dentalboard@state.co.us.