Arizona Dental Board Disciplinary Actions: Arizona Dental Board Complaints
ArizonaDental Board disciplinary actions are given to dentists with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Chelle Law’sArizona Dental Board Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. At Chelle Law, our attorney’s have the experience to helpdentists with allArizonaDental Board matters.
Thus, at a Board Meeting, the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation and review of complaints. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer thedentist formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Advisory Letter
- Letter of Reprimand
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement
- Non-disciplinary order for continuing education
ArizonaDental Board Non Disciplinary Actions
- CASE DISMISSAL: The Board may dismiss a complaint if they determine the information indicates there was not a violation of the rules of the Arizona Practice Act. This outcome is not available to the public.
- NON-DISCIPLINARY ORDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: An order that dictates the dentist must complete a number of hours of continuing education for specific topics.
- LETTER OF CONCERN: A letter from the Board expressing concern the dentist’s conduct wasn’t ideal. However, the conduct doesn’t necessarily violate Arizona law.
ArizonaDentist Unprofessional Conduct
- REVOCATION: If the Board revokes a dentist’s license the dentist will be unable to practice or get licensed again for a minimum of five years. After the five year period license revocation the dentist will need to reapply for their license. If the dentist reapplies for licensure they must demonstrate the grounds for revocation (substance abuse, mental health problems, criminal convictions) has been rectified through an applicable program. This is a public document.
- VOLUNTARY SURRENDER: The dentist voluntarily gives up their license. The benefit of this voluntary consent is that the Board is usually willing to reduce the amount of time until a dentist can reapply. This is usually between two to three years.
- SUSPENSION: A suspension stops the dentist from practicing. It prohibits any patient contact or services for a period of time until the Board lifts the suspension.
- PROBATION: The Board offers probation through a consent agreement. The consent agreement requires the dentist do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Alternatively, they may need to refrain from doing things (unsupervised Medical like home health, working under the Medical licensure compact, using alcohol, etc.) A request for a removal of probation will be needed.
- DECREE OF CENSURE: A decree of censure is the lowest level of formal discipline. There are no probationary requirements, but the Order will be listed on the website.
Arizona Dentist Complaints
Who can file an Arizona Dental Board Complaint against a dentist? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the ArizonaDental Board receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, thedentist receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial fordentists as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an ArizonaDental Board.
Responding to Practice Complaints and Investigations
After receiving an ArizonaDental Board Complaint or self-report, a dentist receives a notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, theDental Board assigns an investigator to the complaint and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected includes:
- Patient medical records
- Employment files from the dentist’s employer and business
- Criminal records
- Review of the professional’s behavior at work
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint (These interviewees can include the patient, medical director, colleagues, etc.)
Behavior Analyst Rules
Analyst rules effective July 4, 2020 from Arizona statutes can be found on the Statutes and Rules page.
Dental Rules Effective July 4, 2020
Dental rules effective July 4, 2020 from Arizona statutes can be found on the Statutes and Rules page.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Dental Board Attorney services and how to protect your license, set up a consultation with Chelle Law today.