Updated Guidelines for Dental Care Under COVD-19
On June 11, 2021, Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2021-386, which rescinded most COVID-19 restrictions for the general public. However, the order also requires anyone in a healthcare setting to continue to wear a facemask. The following document from the governor's Healthy at Work initiative provides the latest guidelines for healthcare professionals. Supplemental Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
Additionally, a task force consisting of the Board as well as the KY Dental Association, KY Dental Hygienists Association, KY Dept. of Public Health, KY Oral Health Coalition, and the state's dental schools has updated its dentistry-specific guidance. To be clear, these are not mandates but, rather, recommendations intended to help guide dental professionals during this period of change.
Finally, licensees should continue to use their best clinical judgement to properly protect their staff, their patients, and themselves.
KBD is Now Working with
The Kentucky Board of Dentistry is now using CE Broker as its official continuing education record keeper. Licensees automatically have access to a free Basic account, where you can record your course history and view your CE compliance status. You
will never have to pay to access
all of the necessary tools to
renew your license. Registering with CE Broker to record your continuing education is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. Click below to learn more!
KBD Continuing Education Page CE Broker Account Setup Page
Emergency Rule Allows Licensees to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
The Kentucky Board of Dentistry has filed an emergency regulation to temporarily bring COVID-19 vaccination into its scope of practice. The new rule, 201 KAR 8:505E, allows qualifying dentists and dental hygienists to administer any COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
guidelines. Those eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations under this regulation must have:
- an active Kentucky dental license; OR
an active Kentucky dental hygiene license and registration to practice local anesthesia.
to administering COVID-19 vaccinations, licensees must complete an immunization
training program approved by the board and submit an authorization form. Once approved, the authorization to administer COVID-19 vaccines will be in place until the emergency regulation expires on October 24, 2021. For more information, visit the COVID-19 vaccine page below:
Mandatory e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances in Effect
which mandates the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) in
Kentucky, took effect January 1, 2021. A practitioner who is unable to comply with the EPCS mandate may petition for a temporary waiver based on economic hardship, technological limitations, and other exceptional circumstances. If
you have an Electronic Health Record system that is not currently EPCS certified,
please contact your vendor as soon as possible to determine how to implement
EPCS. Question about the new law should be directed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch.
Kentucky ECPS Mandate Details
Do You Have a KOG Account?
Prescribers in Kentucky must be able to access KASPER via the secure Kentucky Online Gateway (KOG) portal to be compliant with current regulations. Prescribing dentists are encouraged to register for a KOG account as soon as possible. If you have questions, contact the KOG Help Desk at 502-564-0104 or KOGhelpdesk@ky.gov.KOG Registration Page
New Applicant Status Updates
Click on the button below to download the status update for new dentist and dental hygienist license applicants.