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The Iowa Dental Board is the state agency charged with the overall responsibility for regulating the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting in the state of Iowa.
The board consists of nine (9) members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Iowa Senate, to serve three-year terms. Five (5) members are licensed dentists, two (2) members are licensed dental hygienists, and two (2) members represent the public.
The board annually elects a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary.
If you would like to serve on the board, please visit the governor's Boards and Commissions website.
The board's mission is to ensure that all Iowans receive professional, competent, and safe dental health care of the highest quality. In pursuit of this mission, the Iowa Dental Board performs a number of functions. The board issues licenses registrations, permits, and qualifications to qualified practitioners. The board establishes requirements for examination for the purposes of licensing and registration. The board also set standards for continuing education and renewal.
The Iowa Dental Board also adopts rules and establishes regulations for the standard of care pursuant to its authority under Iowa Code. It enforces Iowa law, which regulate the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting. The board investigates complaints concerning violations of the dental practice act, and board rules. In the course of investigation into potential violations of law, the board may also conduct disciplinary hearings, and actively monitors the compliance of licensees with orders issued by the board as a result of disciplinary action.Back to top
Dental Hygiene Committee
The Dental Hygiene Committee is established under Iowa Code section 153.33A. This three-member committee of the board consists of two dental hygienist members of the Board and one dentist member of the board. The dentist member of the committee must have supervised and worked in collaboration with a dental hygienist for a period of at least three years immediately preceding election to the committee. The dentist member is elected to the committee annually by a majority vote of board members.
The committee has the authority to adopt recommendations regarding the practice, discipline, education, examination, and licensure of dental hygienists, and carry out duties as assigned by the board.
Anesthesia Credentials Committee
The Anesthesia Credentials Committee reviews applications for moderate sedation and general anesthesia, and makes recommendations to the board on these matters.
Continuing Education Advisory Committee
The Continuing Education Advisory Committee reviews applications for individual course review and sponsor status.
Licensure Registration Committee
The Licensure Registration Committee recommends to the board appropriate action on completed applications for licensure.Back to top
Board & Committee Meetings
|Dental Board & Dental Hygiene Committee|
|January 25-26, 2024*||Rooms 123/124, Zoom|
|April 5, 2024||Rooms 123/124, Zoom|
|June 14, 2024||Rooms 123/124, Zoom|
|August 22-23, 2024*||Rooms 123/124, Zoom|
|November 1, 2024||Rooms 123/124, Zoom|
|Iowa Practitioner Review Committee|
|February 28, 2024||Room 111|
|May 8, 2024||Room 111|
|August 7, 2024||Room 111|
|November 13, 2024||Room 111|
|Anesthesia Credentials Committee|
|March 7, 2024||Room 108, Zoom|
|May 30, 2024||Room 108, Zoom|
|July 25, 2024||Room 108, Zoom|
|October 3, 2024||Room 108, Zoom|
|December 12, 2024||Room 108, Zoom|
*First date is reserved for hearings. Date will be canceled if no hearings are scheduled.Back to top