Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing Dental Practice [18 VAC 60 ‑ 20]
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2/17/12  4:45 pm
Commenter: Jon Piche

Increased regulation does not insure increased safety

i am a dentist who has been in practice over 30 years.  I have been certified in CPR and ACLS for over 30 years.  At one time I was certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support.  I have an AED in my office and my staff trains on it.  I have all of the proper equipment and drugs.  We have emergency scenarios and we practice responses to these scenarios.  Does this mean that nothing bad will ever happen and a terrible outcome can never occur...NO.  Does increased regulations mean bad things will never happen in health care....NO.  Increased regulations will never make people more caring or concerned.  Dentists have training in proper response to emergencies.  Increasing the regulations will not eliminate the possibility of bad things happening.  Dentistry has regulations in place and when bad things happen, there are mechanisms to deal with them.  It seems that people think that increasing regulations will eliminate the possibility of tragedy.  This is not the case.  It is my understanding that one of the recent deaths occured in a dental school setting where all of the recommended measures would likely be in place.  Increased regulations will never make any type of medicine without risks.  Any parent who feels their child is not safe in an office, needs to go somewhere else.  It all comes down to personal responsibility and you can't regulate that.

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