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COVID Vaccine Update

A recent Department for Public Health memo has confirmed that dental health care personnel are part of the High-Risk Health Workers population for Phase 1a of Kentucky's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. While this is outstanding news, we do not yet have specific details about how, when or where these vaccinations will be scheduled. Kentucky, like all states, still has a very limited number of doses available. These are currently being absorbed by hospitals and long-term care facilities, which have priority in the current phase of distribution. The Kentucky Department of Public Health is working with the CDC on a plan for scaling up to the rest of Phase 1a and hope to enough supply available at some point in January to schedule vaccinations for health workers at-large. As always, we will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

Dept. of Public Health Memo 12/28/20


Dental Hygiene License Renewal Period Closed 

Online renewal for the 2021-22 licensure period is now closed and all dental hygiene licenses should have been renewed by Dec. 31, 2020. An expired license can be still reinstated here; however, penalty fees will apply.

Hygienists electing not to renew their license for the current cycle are encouraged to submit a Retirement of License Form. Not only does this provide the Board with more accurate information, a properly retired license is more easily reinstated than an expired license.  

Due to COVID-19, the Board issued a memorandum in April extending the Continuing Education deadline to 90 days after the end of 2020. However, this extension applies only to earning CE hours, not the license itself. All hygiene licenses must still be renewed by December 31 to avoid a reinstatement penalty and expired licensure status.

Reinstate Dental Hygiene License 


Mandatory e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances in Effect

KRS 218A.182, 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

 Temporary Exemption Request Form


Board Temporarily Amends General Supervision Rule

Under the authority of Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257, the Board of Dentistry has issued a memorandum temporarily modifying a rule related to general supervision. Specifically, the requirement in 201 KAR 8:562, Section 12(5) that an oral examination by a supervising dentist must have been performed within seven months prior to treatment by a dental hygienist practicing under general supervision is hereby amended. An examination by a dentist shall now have been completed within nine months preceding treatment by the dental hygienist.

This revision will be in effect for the duration of Gov. Beshear's declared state of emergency related to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Dental Care Under COVD-19

On April 23, Gov. Beshear and Commissioner Stack announced that non-urgent and non-emergent dental care would be included in Phase I of the Healthy at Work initiative for restarting Kentucky's economy. This was followed on April 27 by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services modifying its previous order to postpone elective care. Dental offices may now practice non-urgent and non-emergent care under the following guidelines:

 Phase I: Dentistry's Plan

 Summary of Phase I Guidelines

 PPE Usage Matrix 

 FAQ's for Phase I Dentistry

 DPH Elective Care Memo 04/27/20 ;

Kentucky law already requires that oral health professionals follow the CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. This has not changed. However, as part of Phase I for reopening Kentucky's economy, the Department for Public Health issued an April 27 memo requiring additional protocols for healthcare services under COVID-19. In response, the Board of Dentistry, along with the Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienists' Association, State Dental Director's Office, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, and the UK and UofL dental schools came together to develop dentistry-specific guidelines, resulting in Phase I: Dentistry's Plan. The Governor's Office subsequently approved this document, thereby making its provisions mandatory. Additional documents, including the Summary Guidelines, PPE Usage Matrix, and FAQ's for Phase I, are supplemental resources to the Phase I guidelines and should be considered similarly enforceable. 

Even with this information, however, we recognize that we will not cover every situation a provider may face. In the absence of clear direction in these documents, the Board recommends following the CDC's Guidelines for Dental Settings Under COVID-19. Finally, licensees should continue to use their best clinical judgement to properly protect their staff, their patients, and themselves.


KBD Memos on COVID-19 Related Waivers and Extensions 

Under the authority of Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257, the Board issued an April 17 memorandum announcing the following temporary changes to the rules governing the practice of dentistry:

CPR Certification - The requirement that dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants maintain an active CPR certification is suspended until 90 days after the order to postpone elective procedures is rescinded.

ACLS / PALS Certification - The requirement that sedation permit holders maintain an active ACLS or PALS certification is suspended until 90 days after the order to postpone elective procedures is rescinded.

CE Requirements - All other Continuing Education requirements will be extended for 90 days after their original deadlines (license renewal deadlines are unchanged).   

Provisional Licensure - Recent dental and dental hygiene school graduates who are unable take the clinical examination but meet all other licensure requirements are eligible to receive a temporary license.

Specialists Practicing General Dentistry - Specialists can now practice general dentistry in an emergency capacity while the state of emergency is in effect.

A revised memo was issued on July 20 extending the expiration date of provisional licenses to Sept. 25, 2020. All other provisions of the original April 17 memo are unchanged.

KBD Memorandum 04/17/2020

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

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.


​​​​​​​​​About the Board of Dentistry

The Kentucky Board of Dentistry is a state agency governed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Board's mission is to protect the public by licensing qualified dental professionals and regulating the practice of dentistry through administration of the Dental Practice Act. The Board is self-supporting and receives no outside government appropriations. It is funded through fees assessed for licensing dental professionals. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional dental association or nonprofit. 

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