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Board Overview

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.

Board Responsibilities

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.

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Board Committees

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.

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Board & Committee Meetings

Meeting Dates Location
Dental Board & Dental Hygiene Committee
January 25-26, 2024* Rooms 123/124
April 5, 2024 Rooms 123/124
June 14, 2024 Rooms 123/124
August 22-23, 2024* Rooms 123/124
November 1, 2024 Rooms 123/124
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 110, Zoom
May 30, 2024 Room 110, Zoom
July 25, 2024 Room 110, Zoom
October 3, 2024 Room 110, Zoom
December 12, 2024 Room 110, Zoom

*First date is reserved for hearings.  Date will be canceled if no hearings are scheduled.

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Iowa Practitioner Program

The Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) is available to licensees across multiple licensing boards in Iowa. The Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC) reviews self-reports made by licensees to determine eligibility for participation. 

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Annual Reports

2016 - Iowa Dental Board Annual Report - Inaugural Issue

2017 - Iowa Dental Board Annual Report

2018 - Iowa Dental Board Annual Report

2019 - Iowa Dental Board Annual Report

2020 - Iowa Dental Board Annual Report

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Contact Information

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