ORS 679.010

As used in this chapter and ORS 680.010 (Definitions for ORS 680) to 680.205 (Services rendered under permit), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Dental assistant” means a person who, under the supervision of a dentist or dental therapist, renders assistance to a dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental technician or another dental assistant or who, under the supervision of a dental hygienist, renders assistance to a dental hygienist providing dental hygiene.


“Dental hygiene” is that portion of dentistry that includes, but is not limited to:


The rendering of educational, preventive and therapeutic dental services and diagnosis and treatment planning for such services;


Prediagnostic risk assessment, scaling, root planing, curettage, the application of sealants and fluoride and any related intraoral or extraoral procedure required in the performance of such services; and


Prescribing, dispensing and administering prescription drugs for the services described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.


“Dental hygienist” means a person who, under the supervision of a dentist, practices dental hygiene.


“Dental technician” means a person who, at the authorization of a dentist, makes, provides, repairs or alters oral prosthetic appliances and other artificial materials and devices that are returned to a dentist and inserted into the human oral cavity or that come in contact with its adjacent structures and tissues.


“Dental therapist” means a person licensed to practice dental therapy under ORS 679.603 (Dental therapy license).


“Dental therapy” means the provision of preventive dental care, restorative dental treatment and other educational, clinical and therapeutic patient services as part of a dental care team, including the services described under ORS 679.621 (Dental therapist scope of practice).


“Dentist” means a person who may perform any intraoral or extraoral procedure required in the practice of dentistry.


“Dentist of record” means a dentist that either authorizes treatment for, supervises treatment of or provides treatment for a patient in a dental office or clinic owned or operated by an institution as described in ORS 679.020 (Practice of dentistry or operating dental office without license prohibited) (3).
(9)(a) “Dentistry” means the healing art concerned with:


The examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, care and prevention of conditions within the human oral cavity and maxillofacial region, and of conditions of adjacent or related tissues and structures; and


The prescribing, dispensing and administering of prescription drugs for purposes related to the activities described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.


“Dentistry” includes, but is not limited to:


The cutting, altering, repairing, removing, replacing or repositioning of hard or soft tissues and other acts or procedures as determined by the Oregon Board of Dentistry and included in the curricula of:


Dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association;


Post-graduate training programs; or


Continuing education courses.


The prescription and administration of vaccines.


“Direct supervision” means supervision requiring that a dentist diagnose the condition to be treated, that a dentist authorize the procedure to be performed, and that a dentist remain in the dental treatment room while the procedures are performed.


“Expanded practice dental hygienist” means a dental hygienist who performs dental hygiene services in accordance with ORS 680.205 (Services rendered under permit) as authorized by an expanded practice dental hygienist permit issued by the board under ORS 680.200 (Issuing expanded practice permit).


“General supervision” means supervision requiring that a dentist authorize the procedures by standing orders, practice agreements or collaboration agreements, but not requiring that a dentist be present when the authorized procedures are performed. The authorized procedures may also be performed at a place other than the usual place of practice of the dentist.


“Indirect supervision” means supervision requiring that a dentist authorize the procedures and that a dentist be on the premises while the procedures are performed. [Amended by 1983 c.169 §1; 1997 c.251 §4; 1999 c.188 §1; 2003 c.83 §1; 2005 c.52 §2; 2007 c.379 §1; 2011 c.716 §3; 2013 c.310 §1; 2015 c.15 §1; 2015 c.349 §1; 2019 c.58 §4; 2021 c.530 §13]


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