Anesthesiology recognized as a dental specialty

Dental anesthesiology becomes the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.

The recognition comes after the National Commission on March 11 adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.

“This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs,” said Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.

The ADA House of Delegates in 2017 established the National Commission to oversee the decision-making process for recognizing dental specialties. The “Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties” is still managed by the ADA’s Council on Education and Licensure and the ADA House of Delegates.

Dental anesthesiology now joins the following dental specialties: dental public health; endodontics; oral and maxillofacial pathology; oral and maxillofacial radiology; oral and maxillofacial surgery; orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics; pediatric dentistry; periodontics; and prosthodontics.

Dental specialties are recognized “to protect the public, nurture the art and science of dentistry and improve the quality of care,” according to the National Commission website.

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Oral Cancer Day Awareness Programs Across World

The Australian Dental Association used the occasion of World Cancer Day earlier this week (4 February) to remind Australians to schedule regular check-ups with their dentist which should include a screening for oral cancer.

Oral cancer is a potentially fatal disease that can affect all ages, from young adults to the elderly. However, regularly visiting the dentist can increase your chance of early detection.

During a screening, the soft tissues in and around the mouth are visualised and palpated by a dentist to check for cancerous or precancerous lesions. It is one of the most important components of a general dental check-up and should be performed routinely.

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, it is more frequent in men than women, and it usually appears at the age of 60.

Early detection is essential to manage this disease, and it is possible since the most common sites for oral cancer are very visible areas such as the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth.

Therefore, to guide dental professionals and improve the prevention of this disease, the FDI World Dental Federation and SUNSTAR, a holistic healthcare company, have developed a chairside guide to prevent and treat Oral Cancer.

‘Oral cancer: Prevention and patient management.’

This toolkit for professionals focuses on the prevention and management of oral cancer patients, paying particular attention to the screening process.  (Source)

Meanwhile in India , The Indian Dental Association’s (IDA) Kolkata and the Suburban branch have started one month-long oral cancer awareness camps at 10 different places to impart knowledge on how to check oral cancer and other ailments. The IDA has already been observing ‘Oral Cancer Awareness Month’ which will continue till February 4. One of the main objectives of the programme is to ensure that people become aware on how to prevent various oral diseases. (Source)

 

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Los Angeles dentist pleads guilty to health care fraud amounting to $3,853,931

A Los Angeles, CA-based dentist pleaded guilty on Thursday to a March 2018 indictment charging him with health care fraud arising from his false and fraudulent billings for crowns and fillings, which were never provided to patients.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, US Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California, Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington, DC Field Office and Assistant Director in Charge Paul D. Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

Benjamin Rosenberg, DDS, 58, of Los Angeles, CA, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud before US District Judge John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California. Sentencing will take place on May 23 before Judge Kronstadt.

As part of his guilty plea, Rosenberg admitted that he submitted and caused to be submitted approximately $3,853,931 in false and fraudulent claims to various insurance companies for dental care that Rosenberg knew had not been rendered. Rosenberg further admitted that he submitted these false and fraudulent claims to Metlife, Anthem, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, LMCO-DHA, United Health, and United Concordia (the “carriers”), which caused the carriers to pay Rosenberg approximately $1,415,011.

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900 Saudi dentists are jobless ; 9,000 expat dentists work under MOH

More than 900 Saudi dentists remain unemployed while about 9,000 expatriate dentists work in hospitals under the Ministry of Health, according to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS).

There are 5,287 Saudis and 9,729 expatriates who are licensed to practice general dentistry in the Kingdom.

Addressing the 20th batch of the commission’s graduates in Jeddah on Tuesday, Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah reiterated his ministry’s efforts to employ Saudi dentists.

The commission said there were 3,116 dental specialists, including 1,651 Saudis of whom nine were unable to find jobs.

According to the commission, there are 26 dentistry colleges in the Kingdom of which 18 are government-run and eight in the private sector. Each year they graduate between 2,000 and 3,000 dentists.

The commission said only 25 percent of the practicing dentists in the Kingdom were Saudis, adding that about 27.5 percent of the dentistry jobs will be Saudized each year. It said 21,800 jobs would be created for Saudi dentists by 2027.

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