The dentist who made the written or oral prescription has examined the patient at least once during the 12-month period immediately preceding:
The date on which the written or oral prescription was made; and
The date on which the dental hygiene practices or remediable procedures are performed.
The written or oral prescription specifies the practices and procedures that the dental hygienist may perform with the informed consent of the patient or, if applicable, the patient's parent or legal guardian.
A dental hygienist may not diagnose a dental disease or ailment, determine any treatment or any regimen of any treatment outside of the scope of dental hygiene, prescribe or order medication or perform any procedure that involves the intentional cutting of soft or hard tissue of the mouth by any means.
Pursuant to a treatment plan approved by a dentist who is licensed under this chapter, a dental hygienist licensed under this chapter may administer the following upon delegation by the dentist if the dentist remains on the premises in which the practices are performed and is available to the patient throughout the completion of the appointment:
Oral systemic premedications specified by the examining board by rule.
Subgingival sustained release chemotherapeutic agents specified by the examining board by rule.
Preservation and transfer of patient health care records. 447.063(1)(1)
A person who manages or controls a business that offers dental or dental hygiene services, including management or control of a business through which the person allows another person to offer dental or dental hygiene services, shall preserve patient health care records, as defined in s. 146.81 (4)
, for an amount of time determined by the examining board by rule.
A person who manages or controls a business that offers dental or dental hygiene services, including management or control of a business through which the person allows another person to offer dental or dental hygiene services, shall, upon request of a patient or person authorized by the patient, as defined in s. 146.81 (5)
, transfer the patient health care records, as defined in s. 146.81 (4)
, of the patient to another person that the patient or person authorized by the patient specifies to receive the patient health care records.
History: 2017 a. 116
Delegation of remediable procedures and dental practices. 447.065(1)(1)
A dentist who is licensed to practice dentistry under this chapter may delegate to an individual who is not licensed under this chapter only the performance of remediable procedures, and only if all of the following conditions are met:
The unlicensed individual performs the remediable procedures in accordance with a treatment plan approved by the dentist.
The dentist is on the premises when the unlicensed individual performs the remediable procedures.
The unlicensed individual's performance of the remediable procedures is subject to inspection by the dentist.
Subject to the requirements under s. 447.06 (2)
, a dentist who is licensed to practice dentistry under this chapter may delegate to a dental hygienist who is licensed to practice dental hygiene under this chapter the performance of remediable procedures and the administration of oral systemic premedications, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia, and subgingival sustained release chemotherapeutic agents.
A dentist who delegates to another individual the performance of any practice or remediable procedure is responsible for that individual's performance of that delegated practice or procedure.
Identification of removable prosthetic devices. 447.067(1)(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, a dentist who constructs a removable prosthetic device shall mark the device with the patient's first and last name. Except as provided in sub. (2)
, a dentist who authorizes a dental laboratory or dental laboratory technician to construct a removable prosthetic device shall ensure that the device is marked with the patient's first and last name.
The following exceptions apply to the identification required under sub. (1)
The first, middle and last name initials of the patient may be substituted for the first and last name of the patient if, in the professional judgment of the dentist, it is impracticable to mark the first and last name of the patient.
The name and the initials of the patient may be omitted if each of those forms of identification is medically contraindicated.
History: 1993 a. 103
Disciplinary proceedings. 447.07(1)(1)
The examining board may, without further notice or process, limit, suspend, or revoke the license or certificate of any dentist or dental hygienist, or the registration of a mobile dentistry program registrant, who fails, within 60 days after the mailing of written notice to the dentist's, dental hygienist's, or registrant's last-known address, to renew the license, certificate, or registration.
Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1)
, the examining board may make investigations and conduct hearings in regard to any alleged action of any dentist or dental hygienist, of a mobile dentistry program registrant, or of any other person it has reason to believe is engaged in or has engaged in the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, or the operation of a mobile dentistry program, in this state, and may, on its own motion, or upon complaint in writing, reprimand any dentist or dental hygienist who is licensed or certified under this chapter, or any mobile dentistry program registrant, or deny, limit, suspend, or revoke his or her license or certificate, or the registration of the mobile dentistry program registrant, if it finds that the dentist, dental hygienist, or mobile dentistry program registrant has done any of the following:
Engaged in unprofessional conduct or violated the standards of conduct established by the examining board under s. 447.02 (2) (g)
Made any false statement or given any false information in connection with an application for a license, certificate, or registration or for renewal or reinstatement of a license, certificate, or registration, or received a license, certificate, or registration through error.
Been adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court.
Directly or indirectly sent, for a purpose other than shade verification, impressions or measurements to a dental laboratory without a written work authorization on a form approved by the examining board and signed by the authorizing dentist, or directly or indirectly sent a patient, or an agent of a patient, to a dental laboratory for any purpose other than for shade verification. The examining board or its agents or employees may inspect dental offices and the work authorization records of dental laboratories to determine compliance with this paragraph.
Subject to ss. 111.321
, and 111.335
, been convicted of a crime, the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene or the operation of a mobile dentistry program.
Violated this chapter or any federal or state statute or rule that relates to the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, or the operation of a mobile dentistry program.
Subject to ss. 111.321
, practiced dentistry or dental hygiene while his or her ability was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
Engaged in conduct that indicates a lack of knowledge of, an inability to apply or the negligent application of, principles or skills of dentistry or dental hygiene.
Obtained or attempted to obtain compensation by fraud or deceit.
Employed, directly or indirectly, any unlicensed or uncertified person to perform any act requiring licensure or certification under this chapter.
Engaged in repeated irregularities in billing a 3rd party for services rendered to a patient. In this paragraph, “irregularities in billing" includes:
Reporting charges for the purpose of obtaining a total payment in excess of that usually received for the services rendered.
Reporting incorrect treatment dates for the purpose of obtaining payment.
Incorrectly reporting services rendered for the purpose of obtaining payment.
Abrogating the copayment provisions of a contract by agreeing to forgive any or all of the patient's obligation for payment under the contract.
Made a substantial misrepresentation in the course of practice, or in the operation of a mobile dentistry program, that was relied upon by a client.
Advertised by using a statement that tends to deceive or mislead the public.
The examining board may reinstate a license, certificate, or registration that has been voluntarily surrendered or revoked on terms and conditions that it considers appropriate. This subsection does not apply to a license or registration that is revoked under s. 440.12
In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand or denial, limitation, suspension, or revocation of a license, certificate, or registration under sub. (3)
, the examining board may assess against an applicant, licensee, certificate holder, or mobile dentistry program registrant a forfeiture of not more than $5,000 for each violation enumerated under sub. (3)
See also ch. DE 6
, Wis. adm. code.
Tort-based informed consent law requires a showing that a failure to disclose information caused actual injury. The standards of unprofessional conduct do not require such a showing. Unprofessional conduct includes practicing in a manner that substantially departs from the standard of care ordinarily exercised by a dentist that harms or could have harmed a patient. Painter v. Dentistry Examining Board, 2003 WI App 123
, 265 Wis. 2d 248
, 665 N.W.2d 397
The 5-pronged test of Gimenez, 203 Wis. 2d 349
, does not apply to cases in which fraud and misrepresentation are alleged. Gimenez
expressly limits the application of the test to cases in which the medical professional is charged with choosing a course of treatment that is dangerous or detrimental to his or her patient or the public. It does not apply to allegations of unprofessional conduct by perpetrating a fraud on a patient in an attempt to obtain compensation. Krahenbuhl v. Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board, 2006 WI App 73
, 292 Wis. 2d 154
, 713 N.W.2d 152
Any person who violates this chapter may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than one year in the county jail or both for the first offense and is guilty of a Class I felony for the 2nd or subsequent conviction within 5 years.
If it appears upon the complaint of any person to the examining board, or it is believed by the examining board that any person is violating this chapter, the examining board, or the district attorney of the proper county, may investigate such alleged violation, and may, in addition to or in lieu of any other remedies provided by law, bring action in the name and on behalf of the state against any such person to enjoin such violation. Between meetings of the examining board, its president and secretary, acting in its behalf, are empowered jointly to make such an investigation, and on the basis thereof to seek such relief. Investigations conducted by the examining board, or by its president and secretary, shall be conducted according to rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1)
History: 1977 c. 418
Wisconsin Dental Association.
The Wisconsin Dental Association is continued with the general powers of a domestic nonstock corporation. It may take by purchase or gift and hold real and personal property. It may adopt, alter and enforce bylaws and rules for the admission and expulsion of members, the election of officers and the management of its affairs.
History: 1989 a. 349
County and district dental societies. 447.12(1)(1)
The dentists of any county who are licensed to practice dentistry under this chapter, provided there are at least 5 in the county, may organize a county dental society as a component of the Wisconsin Dental Association. When so organized it shall be a body corporate, and shall be designated as the dental society of the county, and shall have the general powers of a corporation and may take by purchase or gift and hold real and personal property. County dental societies now existing are continued with the powers and privileges conferred by this chapter. A county or district dental society that was in existence but unincorporated on September 29, 1963, is not required to incorporate unless that is the express wish of the majority of its members.
Persons who hold the degree of doctor of dental surgery, or its equivalent, and any other persons who have been licensed by the examining board to practice dentistry in this state, shall be eligible to meet for the organization of or to become members of a county dental society.
If there are not a sufficient number of dentists in a given county to form a dental society under sub. (1)
, those residing in the county may unite with those of adjoining counties and organize a multicounty or district dental society as a component of the Wisconsin Dental Association. The organizational meeting shall be held at the time and place agreed upon in writing by a majority of those eligible to belong.
A county or district dental society may adopt, alter and enforce articles and bylaws, or a constitution and bylaws for the admission and expulsion of members, the election of officers and the management of its affairs, but no instrument or action on the part of the society is valid if it is inconsistent with the articles, bylaws or policies of the Wisconsin Dental Association, or if it violates the autonomy of any other component of the Wisconsin Dental Association. Any county or district dental society which incorporates after September 29, 1963, shall file its articles as provided in ch. 181
History: 1989 a. 349
Service insurance corporations for dental care.
The Wisconsin Dental Association or, in a manner and to the extent approved by the Wisconsin Dental Association, a county or district dental society, may establish in one or more counties a service insurance corporation for dental care under ch. 613
History: 1975 c. 223
; 1989 a. 349
Definitions applicable to indemnification and insurance provisions.
In ss. 447.15
“Dental society" means a county or district dental society organized or continued under s. 447.12
“Director or officer" means any of the following:
A natural person who is or was a director or officer of a dental society.
A natural person who, while a director or officer of a dental society, is or was serving at the dental society's request as a director, officer, partner, trustee, member of any governing or decision-making committee, employee or agent of another dental society or corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise.
A natural person who, while a director or officer of a dental society, is or was serving an employee benefit plan because his or her duties to the dental society also imposed duties on, or otherwise involved services by, the person to the plan or to participants in or beneficiaries of the plan.
Unless the context requires otherwise, the estate or personal representative of a director or officer.
“Expenses" include fees, costs, charges, disbursements, attorney fees and any other expenses incurred in connection with a proceeding.
“Liability" includes the obligation to pay a judgment, settlement, forfeiture, or fine, including any excise tax assessed with respect to an employee benefit plan, plus costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814
, and reasonable expenses.
“Party" means a natural person who was or is, or who is threatened to be made, a named defendant or respondent in a proceeding.
“Proceeding" means any threatened, pending or completed civil, criminal, administrative or investigative action, suit, arbitration or other proceeding, whether formal or informal, which involves foreign, federal, state or local law and which is brought by or in the right of the dental society or by any other person.
History: 1987 a. 13
; 2003 a. 139
Mandatory indemnification. 447.17(1)(1)
A dental society shall indemnify a director or officer, to the extent he or she has been successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of a proceeding, for all reasonable expenses incurred in the proceeding if the director or officer was a party because he or she is a director or officer of the dental society.
In cases not included under sub. (1)
, a dental society shall indemnify a director or officer against liability incurred by the director or officer in a proceeding to which the director or officer was a party because he or she is a director or officer of the dental society, unless liability was incurred because the director or officer breached or failed to perform a duty he or she owes to the dental society and the breach or failure to perform constitutes any of the following:
A willful failure to deal fairly with the dental society or its members in connection with a matter in which the director or officer has a material conflict of interest.