State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 1/13/2022, by Sen. Mattie Hunter


225 ILCS 25/4  from Ch. 111, par. 2304

    Amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act. Provides that the definition of "teledentistry" includes the use of telehealth systems and methodologies in dentistry and dental hygiene, rather than just dentistry.

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Dental Practice Act is amended by
5changing Section 4 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 25/4)   (from Ch. 111, par. 2304)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
8    Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this Act:
9    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded
10by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application
11file or license file as maintained by the Department's
12licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or
13licensee to inform the Department of any change of address and
14those changes must be made either through the Department's
15website or by contacting the Department.
16    "Department" means the Department of Financial and
17Professional Regulation.
18    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
19Professional Regulation.
20    "Board" means the Board of Dentistry.
21    "Dentist" means a person who has received a general
22license pursuant to paragraph (a) of Section 11 of this Act and
23who may perform any intraoral and extraoral procedure required



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1in the practice of dentistry and to whom is reserved the
2responsibilities specified in Section 17.
3    "Dental hygienist" means a person who holds a license
4under this Act to perform dental services as authorized by
5Section 18.
6    "Dental assistant" means an appropriately trained person
7who, under the supervision of a dentist, provides dental
8services as authorized by Section 17.
9    "Expanded function dental assistant" means a dental
10assistant who has completed the training required by Section
1117.1 of this Act.
12    "Dental laboratory" means a person, firm or corporation
14        (i) engages in making, providing, repairing or
15    altering dental prosthetic appliances and other artificial
16    materials and devices which are returned to a dentist for
17    insertion into the human oral cavity or which come in
18    contact with its adjacent structures and tissues; and
19        (ii) utilizes or employs a dental technician to
20    provide such services; and
21        (iii) performs such functions only for a dentist or
22    dentists.
23    "Supervision" means supervision of a dental hygienist or a
24dental assistant requiring that a dentist authorize the
25procedure, remain in the dental facility while the procedure
26is performed, and approve the work performed by the dental



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1hygienist or dental assistant before dismissal of the patient,
2but does not mean that the dentist must be present at all times
3in the treatment room.
4    "General supervision" means supervision of a dental
5hygienist requiring that the patient be a patient of record,
6that the dentist examine the patient in accordance with
7Section 18 prior to treatment by the dental hygienist, and
8that the dentist authorize the procedures which are being
9carried out by a notation in the patient's record, but not
10requiring that a dentist be present when the authorized
11procedures are being performed. The issuance of a prescription
12to a dental laboratory by a dentist does not constitute
13general supervision.
14    "Public member" means a person who is not a health
15professional. For purposes of board membership, any person
16with a significant financial interest in a health service or
17profession is not a public member.
18    "Dentistry" means the healing art which is concerned with
19the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and care of
20conditions within the human oral cavity and its adjacent
21tissues and structures, as further specified in Section 17.
22    "Branches of dentistry" means the various specialties of
23dentistry which, for purposes of this Act, shall be limited to
24the following: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
25orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry,
26periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial



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1radiology, and dental anesthesiology.
2    "Specialist" means a dentist who has received a specialty
3license pursuant to Section 11(b).
4    "Dental technician" means a person who owns, operates or
5is employed by a dental laboratory and engages in making,
6providing, repairing or altering dental prosthetic appliances
7and other artificial materials and devices which are returned
8to a dentist for insertion into the human oral cavity or which
9come in contact with its adjacent structures and tissues.
10    "Impaired dentist" or "impaired dental hygienist" means a
11dentist or dental hygienist who is unable to practice with
12reasonable skill and safety because of a physical or mental
13disability as evidenced by a written determination or written
14consent based on clinical evidence, including deterioration
15through the aging process, loss of motor skills, abuse of
16drugs or alcohol, or a psychiatric disorder, of sufficient
17degree to diminish the person's ability to deliver competent
18patient care.
19    "Nurse" means a registered professional nurse, a certified
20registered nurse anesthetist licensed as an advanced practice
21registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse licensed under
22the Nurse Practice Act.
23    "Patient of record" means a patient for whom the patient's
24most recent dentist has obtained a relevant medical and dental
25history and on whom the dentist has performed an examination
26and evaluated the condition to be treated.



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1    "Dental responder" means a dentist or dental hygienist who
2is appropriately certified in disaster preparedness,
3immunizations, and dental humanitarian medical response
4consistent with the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public
5Health and training certified by the National Incident
6Management System or the National Disaster Life Support
8    "Mobile dental van or portable dental unit" means any
9self-contained or portable dental unit in which dentistry is
10practiced that can be moved, towed, or transported from one
11location to another in order to establish a location where
12dental services can be provided.
13    "Public health dental hygienist" means a hygienist who
14holds a valid license to practice in the State, has 2 years of
15full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours
16of clinical experience and has completed at least 42 clock
17hours of additional structured courses in dental education in
18advanced areas specific to public health dentistry.
19    "Public health setting" means a federally qualified health
20center; a federal, State, or local public health facility;
21Head Start; a special supplemental nutrition program for
22Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) facility; or a certified
23school-based health center or school-based oral health
25    "Public health supervision" means the supervision of a
26public health dental hygienist by a licensed dentist who has a



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1written public health supervision agreement with that public
2health dental hygienist while working in an approved facility
3or program that allows the public health dental hygienist to
4treat patients, without a dentist first examining the patient
5and being present in the facility during treatment, (1) who
6are eligible for Medicaid or (2) who are uninsured and whose
7household income is not greater than 200% of the federal
8poverty level.
9    "Teledentistry" means the use of telehealth systems and
10methodologies in dentistry and dental hygiene that includes
11patient care and education delivery using synchronous and
12asynchronous communications under a dentist's authority as
13provided under this Act.
14(Source: P.A. 101-64, eff. 7-12-19; 101-162, eff. 7-26-19;
15102-93, eff. 1-1-22; 102-588, eff. 8-20-21.)