Code of Alabama - Title 34: Professions and Businesses - Section 34-9-7 - Exemption of certain practices and operations

Section 34-9-7 - Exemption of certain practices and operations.

(a) Nothing in this chapter shall apply to the following practices, acts, and operations:

(1) The practice of his or her profession by a physician or surgeon holding a certificate of qualification as a medical doctor and licensed as such under the laws of this state, provided he or she shall not practice dentistry as a specialty.

(2) The practice of dentistry in the discharge of their official duties by graduate dentists or dental surgeons in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, or other armed services, public health service including, but not limited to, a federally qualified health center authorized and operating under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 254B), provided, however, that such federally qualified health centers shall register pursuant to Section 34-9-7.2 (provided further however, dentists, dental hygienists, and other personnel employed by any public health service which performs dental health care for the general public under programs funded in whole or part by the state or federal government shall be subject to all of the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations duly promulgated by the board governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state), Coast Guard, or Veteran's Administration.

(3) The practice of dentistry by a licensed dentist of other states or countries at meetings of the Alabama Dental Association or components thereof, or other like dental organizations approved by the board, while appearing as clinicians, or when appearing in emergency cases upon the specific call of dentists duly licensed under this chapter.

(4) The filling of prescriptions of a licensed and registered dentist, as hereinafter provided, by any person or persons, association, corporation, or other entity for the construction, reproduction, or repair of prostheses (fixed or removable) or appliances on a cast made by or from impressions made by a licensed and currently registered dentist, to be used or worn as a substitute for natural teeth; provided, that the person or persons, association, corporation, or other entity, shall not solicit or advertise, directly or indirectly, by mail, card, newspaper, pamphlet, radio, television, Internet, or otherwise, to the general public to construct, reproduce, or repair prostheses (fixed or removable) or other appliances to be used or worn as substitutes for natural teeth.

(5) The use of roentgen machines or other means for making radiographs, digital images, or similar records, of dental or oral tissues under the supervision of a licensed dentist or physician; provided, that the services shall not be advertised by any name whatever as an aid or inducement to secure dental patronage, and no person shall advertise that he or she has, leases, owns, or operates a roentgen or other machine for the purpose of making dental radiographs or images, of the human teeth or tissues or the oral cavity, or administering treatments thereto for any disease thereof.

(6) The giving of a general anesthetic by a nurse anesthetist who administers a general anesthetic under the direct supervision of a duly licensed dentist to a patient who is undergoing dental treatment rendered by the dentist.

(7) The use of a nurse in the practice of professional or practical nursing, as defined in Sections 34-21-1 through 34-21-26, by a dentist.

(8) A dentist who engages in the practice of dentistry across state lines in an emergency, as defined by the board.

(9) A dentist who engages in the practice of dentistry across state lines on an irregular or infrequent basis. The "irregular or infrequent" practice of dentistry across state lines is considered to occur if the practice occurs less than 10 days in a calendar year.

(b) A dentist or dental hygienist on active duty, or performing his or her duties as a reservist in the military, is not subject to any fee required for a special purpose license to practice dentistry across state lines. The dentist or dental hygienist shall notify the board in advance of his or her participation in military activities and shall forward a copy of his or her current dental license or permit, or both, to the board. The dentist or dental hygienist shall also provide proof of military status and any orders requiring him or her to perform dental treatment services in this state.

(Acts 1959, No. 100, p. 569, §1; Acts 1967, No. 729, p. 1564, §1; Acts 1981, No. 81-372, p. 540, §1; Act 99-402, p. 669, §1; Act 2011-571, p. 1165, §1; Act 2013-252, p. 626, §1; Act 2018-274, §1.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021