KEVIN KEANEY P.C.

ATTORNEY AT LAW

Licensed in Oregon and Washington

(503) 232-9280

Dental License Defense

If a someone has filed a complaint against you with the State Board of Dentistry, there could be serious consequences which could impact your dental practice for years to come.

The professional license defense process can be complex and emotionally draining, and isn’t something that you should undertake without an experienced license defense attorney.

Oregon Board of Dentistry Sanctions and Penalties

The Oregon Board of Dentistry, which is the governing body that oversees dentists, can impose a variety of sanctions against a dentist, including:

  • fines of up to $5,000 per violation
  • probation
  • limitations on a license
  • license suspension
  • license revocation

Peer Review Process For Dentists

In Oregon, complaints that don’t fall within the jurisdiction of the Oregon State Board of Dentistry can be filled with the Oregon Dental Association. Typically, once someone files a complaint with the Oregon Dental Association, the case is assigned to a Peer Review Committee, which appoints a dentist as a mediator. If a resolution can’t be reached through mediation, the case moves to a full peer review committee hearing.

The most common complaints filed against dentists (through the State Board or the Oregon Dental Association) include:

  • negligence
  • incompetence
  • infection control violations
  • improper advertising
  • fee sharing
  • fraud
  • substance abuse (addiction to alcohol or prescription or non-prescription drugs)
  • unlicensed practice
  • conviction of a crime

If you have any questions about the dental license defense process, we’d be happy to answer them in a free legal consultation. Please call (503) 232-9280, or e-mail kevin@keaneylaw.com.