Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners
Board Office / Staff Process Updates
The State of Wyoming has adjusted its work policies to protect the health and safety of our staff and licensees. Effective immediately and until further notice, board staff will be working remotely.
Although the office will remain open, due to limited staffing we encourage you to e-mail board staff with inquiries. While we are constantly monitoring phone traffic, e-mail is the most efficient way to reach us:
Emily Cronbaugh - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Brock -email@example.com
If you need to speak with a staff member, please call the office and leave a voicemail message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.
We continue to accept and process applications as usual, though processing times may be slightly delayed.
Dental Practice Guidance
APRIL 30, 2020 NOTICE
The Board of Dental Examiners has received multiple inquiries about reopening dental practices. To reiterate, the Board of Dental Examiners cannot close your office due to COVID-19, nor can the Board determine when offices can reopen. This must come from the Governor or his delegate. The Board cannot advise you on the correct course of action.
In September of 2017, the Board revised their rules which included the incorporation of the CDC's "Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care". In addition to being a requirement for all licensees, it is a great resource during this time. Additionally, licensees should continue to adhere to any recommendations issued by the CDC and the Wyoming Department of Health.
As healthcare professionals at the highest end of the risk spectrum, it is your responsibility to make informed decisions based on the information you have available. The Board expects licensees to prioritize patient and staff well-being and adhere to the standard of care at all times.
APRIL 3, 2020 NOTICE:
The Board of Dental Examiners wishes to remind all dental and dental hygiene licensees that the CDC and CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) guidelines are in effect for the next several weeks. The vast majority of practitioners are following the CDC and CMS guidelines. Thank you all for your commitment and collective effort to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.
To the few practitioners who have not, the board highly recommends that you follow the guidelines of the CDC and CMS. The ADA recommends the same. Traditional dental personal protective equipment (PPE) is directed at mitigating transmission of blood borne pathogens, not airborne pathogens like the Coronavirus. As healthcare professionals at the highest end of the risk spectrum, it is your responsibility to make informed decisions based on the information you have available.
As the situation evolves, please stay informed and continue to take proper precautions to protect yourself and others from the spread of the Coronavirus to keep our dentists, staff, and patients healthy so that everyone can return to work as soon as it is safe to do so.
MARCH 20, 2020 NOTICE:
In light of recent events, several licensees have asked the Board to advise them how best to continue their practice and have specifically asked for the Board’s guidance on potential office closures.
The Board of Dental Examiners cannot close your office due to COVID-19. If there would be any mandatory closures, it would not come from our office. We also cannot advise you on the correct course of action. The following links may help you make an informed decision regarding your business.
Licensees are still required to adhere to the Board’s Rules, Practice Act, and professional standards related to their professions.
New Graduates / Applicants Updates
Several upcoming dental school graduates have reached out to the Board concerning various examination and licensing questions. It is important to remember that many issues are still being addressed by the Board, CODA, dental programs, and examination agencies. However, information, once available, will be posted here.
The Board's Practice Act created by the Wyoming legislature requires all applicants to "pass a written and practical examination in a manner satisfactory to the board." This requirement can only be changed by the Wyoming legislature during a legislative session which means the Board cannot remove the requirement for Wyoming applicants to have completed both the written and clinical examinations. The Board, however, has the authority to modify their Rules where the clinical examination criteria is defined.
Regional examination companies are still in the midst of considering what examination changes could be made. The Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 30 to see what changes have been addressed and will consider any board changes accordingly at that time. Meeting information can be found on the Meetings page of the Board's website.
For those that can document completion of the criteria for licensure, but worry about completing the state jurisprudence examination - the Board Office is still administering those examinations once applicants are approved to test. These will be occurring via electronic means, but only during the COVID-19 crisis. You will receive additional details during your application process.
The Board of Dental Examiners does not have any authority or involvement with the WYDENT Program. The Board Office recommends you contact WYDENT directly with those concerns.
Telehealth / Teledentistry
In Wyoming these terms are interchangeable. Wyoming Statute 33-1-303(a)(iv) authorized licensing boards to "adopt rules and regulations allowing the practice of telemedicine/telehealth and the use of telemedicine/telehealth technologies within an applicable profession or occupation consistent with the profession's or occupation's duties and obligations."
The Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners modified Chapter 4 of their Rules in April of 2015 which clarifies that "the practice of dentistry occurs where the patient is located or receives services."
What this means to dental licensees in Wyoming? Telehealth is permitted, but licensees must first obtain a Wyoming license to provide dental services to Wyoming residents. Additionally, all standard of care and ethical requirements still apply to practice, regardless of means.