California passes law strengthening teledentistry requirements

American Dental Association President Chad P. Gehani on Oct. 15 commended the California Dental Association for being instrumental in passing a law that offers protections for patients using teledentistry.

“This is a very positive development for teledentistry, which the ADA supports as a technology that will increase access to care for the public,” Dr. Gehani said. “The law requires parity of teledentistry platforms with the quality of care provided to patients in their dentists’ offices.”

The law includes these specific patient protection requirements:
• Providing the treating dentist’s name, license number and dental board contact information.

• Review of a patient’s most recent radiographs prior to beginning orthodontic treatment.

• A patient examination, including completion of a medical and dental history, diagnosis and treatment plan.

• Recourse for the patient to report to the dental board incidents of treatment that fall below the standard of care, even if the patient has signed an arbitration clause or nondisclosure agreement.

“Parity in the quality of care provided to patients regardless of how dental services are delivered also includes documented, ongoing review of treatment progress so any necessary modifications to it can be made,” Dr. Gehani said.