|Petition Title||Increased ratio of hygienist to dentist|
|Petitioner||James W. Jelinek, DDS|
To amend section 200 which establishes that two dental hygienists may work under the supervision of a licensed dentist at any one time. The petitioner request that the ratio be changed to three hygienists for each dentist since the current ratio limits his practice and ability to provide hygiene services to his patients.
The Board will consider the petition for rule-making at its meeting on September 12, 2003.
|Comment Period||Ended 8/5/2003 0 comments|
|Agency Decision||Take no action|
|Agency Decision Summary||
The Board received four written comments on the petition, all of which were opposed to changing the ratio. At this time, the Board believes that sucha a change would exacerbate the problem of too few hygienists in underserved areas of the state. Data is inadequate to determine the potential effect of a change in the ratio, so the Board has agreed to begin collecting workforce data. The Board will continue to engage in study and dialogue on the issue.