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Bill Detail: SB21-102

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Title Sunset Dental Hygienists Specialized Functions
Status Governor Signed (04/15/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors M. Duran (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/17/2021

Sunset Process - Senate Health and Human Services
Committee. The bill:
  • Continues the ability of dental hygienists to place interim

therapeutic restorations (ITR) and apply silver diamine
fluoride (SDF) until September 1, 2025, to align with the
sunset review of the Colorado dental board (board)
(sections 1, 8 , and 9 of the bill);
  • Relocates the statutory language granting dental hygienists
the authority to apply SDF (sections 3 to 7 and 9);
  • Specifies the requirements of an articulated plan between
a dental hygienist and a collaborating dentist for purposes
of dental hygienist prescribing (section 6);
  • Repeals the requirement that a dental hygienist carry
professional liability insurance to place ITR or apply SDF
because the requirement exists in another provision of the
Dental Practice Act that applies to all dental hygienists
(section 8);
  • Removes language specifying the timeline for
communication with a distant dentist when using telehealth
(section 8);
  • Removes language specifying the number of hours of
experience a dental hygienist is required to obtain before
the board may grant the dental hygienist a permit to place
ITR (section 8);
  • Requires a dentist who collaborates with a dental hygienist
in ITR placements using telehealth supervision to have an
active license issued by the board and have a practice
location that is either in Colorado or within reasonable
proximity of the location where the ITR is placed (section
  • Requires the board to develop a waiver process to allow
dentists to supervise more than 5 dental hygienists who
place ITR (section 8); and
  • Removes language regarding store-and-forward transfer
technology to allow both synchronous and asynchronous
technology when dental hygienists use telehealth in ITR
placements and SDF applications (sections 2, 10, and 11).

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