Regulations & Laws Guide

Virginia Board of Dentistry

Legislation that Would Prohibit Fee Splitting

During the VA Board of Dentistry’s meeting on June 13, 2014, they approved drafted legislation that would prohibit fee splitting.  This will be introduced during the 2015 General Assembly Session.  The approved language is as follows:

“No dentist shall directly or indirectly accept or tender any form of compensation or inducement or split a fee with any third party, including another dentist, for bringing, sending or recommending a patient for dental services.  Advertising or marketing dental services by sharing a specified portion of the professional fees collected from prospective or actual patients with the entity providing the advertising or marketing shall constitute fee splitting.”

Virginia Board of Dentistry Sedation and Anesthesia Regulations Update: Proposed Drafted Inspection Forms and Guidance Document

The Virginia Board of Dentistry's regulations pertaining to sedation and anesthesia permits were published on April 7, 2014 and became effective on May 7, 2014. If you administer sedation and anesthesia, it is your responsibility to review these regulations and abide by them as a licensed dentist in the state of Virginia. You can find a copy of the regulations on the Virginia Register of Regulations webpage by clicking here

According to the Virginia Board of Dentistry, a permit is not required to administer analgesia, inhalation analgesia and minimal sedation as defined in these regulations. If you conclude that you never administer conscious/moderate sedation or deep sedation/general anesthesia in your practice, you are not required to hold a permit.

Applications for permits to administer deep sedation/general anesthesia and to administer conscious/moderate sedation can be found on the Virginia Board of Dentistry's website on their applications and forms page

The VA Board of Dentistry met on June 13, 2014 and approved the inspection form. To view this form, please CLICK HERE. They will be recommending these drafts to the full Board, who will discuss during their meeting on June 13, 2014. If you have questions or comments regarding these regulations, we would suggest that you contact the Board of Dentistry. Information on contacting the Board and their meeting schedules can be found on their website at

Find the below important information on the VA Board of Dentistry’s website by clicking on the following links.

o   Board of Dentistry Regulations

o   Board of Dentistry Guidance Documents

o   Board of Dentistry Applications and Forms

o   Board of Dentistry Meetings and Minutes

o   Board of Dentistry Members and Staff

Dental Assistant Radiation Certification CODA Accredited Programs in Virginia

VA Board of Dentistry Radiation Certification Regulations and Guidance Document.

According to the Virginia Board of Dentistry Regulations, in order for a dental assistant to be qualified to place or expose dental x-ray film, he/she must have completed a course or examination through a program recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA). The following schools are CODA accredited in Virginia as of October 2012:

Fortis College

Germanna Community College

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

You may also find information from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) website.

Health Information Privacy (HIPAA)

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Resources Website with HIPAA Information on HIPAA Laws

ADA Online HIPAA Training

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Laws and Regulations

Virginia OSHA Plan Information

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

DEQ Laws and Regulations

DEQ Resources for Businesses

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

DEA Registration Information