Regulations & Laws Guide

Virginia Board of Dentistry

New Regulations for Dentists Who Dispense Drugs

Effective July 1, 2015, dentists who dispense controlled substances in Schedule II (Percocet, Vicodin), Schedule III (Tylenol with Codeine), or Schedule IV (Valium, Xanax) must begin reporting the drugs dispensed to the Prescription Monitoring Program within 7 days of dispensing.  The reporting requirements in the Code of Virginia can be found by clicking HERE.  If a Dentist does not dispense these products he or she may apply for a waiver from this reporting requirement.  Click HERE to view FAQs regarding these new regulations and click HERE for a waiver form for exemption from reporting.


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 http://register.dls.virginia.gov/details.aspx?id=4359.

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 http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/dentistry_forms.htm.

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 http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/.

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