Dentist – Continuing Education – Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

Who?

Dentists w/o sedation permitsDentists w/sedation permitsRenewal Timeframe2 years2 yearsHow many CE hours are required?24See Sedation LevelsType: Scientific/Technical (hands on)At least 16At least 16Type: Risk-Management (recordkeeping, ethics)Up to 8 hoursUp to 8 hoursSelf-Study (video, audio, and reading courses)Up to 8 hoursUp to 8 hoursType: Controlled SubstanceSee “Controlled Substances” BelowSee “Controlled Substances” BelowBLS CPR (hands on)YesYesACLS/PALSNoLevel 2-4 permit onlyPALS OnlyNoLevels 2-4 who provide anesthesia services to children 12 or youngerJurisprudence AssessmentYes, every 4 yearsNoAnesthesia Jurisprudence ExaminationNoYes. Once every five (5) yearsPMPSee “Controlled Substances” BelowSee “Controlled Substances” Below 

Sedation Levels

The CE requirements are in addition to any additional course required for licensure. ACLS and PALS courses may not be used to fulfill the CE renewal requirement.

Level 1: Minimal Sedation

Six (6) hours on the administration of or medical emergencies associated with the permitted level of sedation.  

Level 2 & 3: Moderate Sedation

Eight (8) hours on the administration of or medical emergencies associated with the permitted level of sedation.  

Level 4: Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia

Twelve (12) hours on the administration of or medical emergencies associated with the permitted level of sedation.  

Controlled Substances

Each Dentist who is permitted by DEA to prescribe controlled substances shall conduct at least one self-query through the PMP of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/PMP/

Effective March 1, 2020, prior to prescribing or dispensing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol, a dentist shall access the patient’s prescription drug history report through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/PMP/

Beginning September 1, 2020, each dentist who is permitted by DEA to prescribe controlled substances must complete two (2) CE hours related to approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances; 

  • For dentists authorized to prescribe controlled substances before 09/01/2020, the two (2) hours must be completed by 09/01/2021
  • For dentists who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances on or after 09/01/2020, the two (2) CE hours must be completed by the first anniversary of obtaining the DEA permit.

Once a DEA permit holder has taken the two (2) hour course, they are not required to take the course again. The two (2) hours may be taken to satisfy the recordkeeping CE requirement. 

Effective January 1, 2021, a licensed dentist whose practice includes direct patient care must complete at least four (4) CE hours for each biennial renewal, regarding safe and effective pain management related to the prescription of opioids and other controlled substances. The courses taken to satisfy the safe and effective pain management requirement must include education regarding the following:

  • Reasonable standards of care
  • The identification of drug-seeking behavior in patients, and 
  • Effectively communicating with patients regarding the prescription of an opioid or other controlled substance

These four (4) hours may be used to satisfy the technical and scientific requirement.

Update: TSBDE will count the two (2) hours of CE required for DEA permit holders towards the four (4) hours of CE required for all licensed dentists.