Dental Health Care: Overview
The Board of Dental Health Care and the Dental Hygienist Committee oversees the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, expanded function dental auxiliary and community dental health coordinator in New Mexico. The Board sets professional and educational standards to obtain and maintain licenses for dentist, dental hygiene, dental assistants, expanded function dental auxiliary and community dental health coordinator practicing in New Mexico.
The Board also investigates complaints from the public about unprofessional or unethical conduct, and takes disciplinary action when required.
In the interest of the public health, safety and welfare and to protect the public from the improper, unprofessional, incompetent and unlawful practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, it is necessary to provide laws and rules controlling the granting and use of the privilege to practice dentistry and dental hygiene and to establish a board of dental health care and a dental hygienists committee to implement and enforce those laws and rules.
Board News & Information
In efforts to go paperless, the NM Board of Dental Health Care will be sending email renewal reminders instead of post cards. Please contact the board office to make sure your email is on file with them.
Coronal Polishing Prophylaxis
Pain Management Continuing Education Requirements for Dentists
Dental Hygienist Committee Newsletter
Dental Hygienist Committee Newsletter (Feb 2017)- Rule Changes for Local Anesthesia Initial Certification
Dental Board Newsletter
Guideline on Protective Stabilization for Pediatric Dental Patients
Guideline for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients Before, During, and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
2016 ADA Code of Ethics
Please be aware of the dentist's responsibilities for after-hours emergencies for current patients of record as described in Rule 22.214.171.124 (B) (25).
The following rules have been changed and went into effect on March 15, 2017:
16.5.1 - General Provisions
16.5.9 - Non-Dentist Owners
16.5.16 - Dentists, Disciplinary Proceedings, License Revocation or Suspension for Disciplinary Actions
16.5.28 - Dental Hygienists, Local Anesthesia Certification
16.5.57 - Management of Pain with Controlled Substances
For more information contact:
NM Board of Dental Health Care
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 476-4545 Fax
NOTE: Please mail all correspondence to:
PO BOX 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
*If your mail is being processed as certified please mail to physical address*
Roberta Perea, Board Administrator
Melissa Saiz, Administrative Assistant
Felicia Martinez, Licensing Clerk
Vanessa Montoya, Compliance Liaison
Lori Chavez, Assistant Attorney General