Dental Health Care: FAQS

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Q. How may a Dentist be licensed in New Mexico?

Dentists are licensed by examination, credentials, or temporary licensure.

Q. What are the requirements for licensure by Examination for a General Dentist?
  • Graduated and received a diploma from an CODA accredited dental school
  • Successfully completed the Dental National Board Examination
  • Passed a WREB, CRDT, SRTA, NERB/ADEX clinical exam
  • Level II or III Background Status Report through Professional Background Information Services (PBIS)
  • Complete and pass the Jurisprudence exam
Q. What are the requirements for licensure by Credentials, for a General Dentist?
  • Graduated and received a diploma from an CODA accredited dental school
  • Hold a valid license in good standing by clinical exam in another state for 5 years or more
  • Passed the Dental National Board Examination
  • Completed 60 hours of approved continuing education during the past 36 months
  • Level II Background Status Report through PBIS
  • Complete and pass the Jurisprudence exam
Q. What are the additional requirements to obtain a Specialty License by examination or by credentials?
  • Postgraduate degree of certificate from an CODA accredited dental school
  • Approved residency program in one of the ADA approved specialty areas
  • Passed a WREB, CRDTS, SRTA or NERB/ADEX specialty exam
Q. What are the requirements for a Temporary License, for a General Dentist?

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Q. When do I renew my Dental License and what are the requirements for renewal?
  • All Dental licenses are on a three-year cycle; licenses are renewed every three years.
  • Complete renewal application
  • Pay required fees
  • Complete 60 hours of continuing education
  • Proof of current BLS or CPR
  • Completed a course in infection control.
Q. If my license has not been renewed and I pay the late fee, can I continue to work?

No, all licenses expire on June 30 of your renewal year.

Q. How do I retire my dental license?
  • Submit request for retirement letter or current renewal form marked “request for retirement status” to board prior to the expiration of license for approval.
  • Include actual date of retirement and proof of written notification of approaching retirement to all patients currently under active treatment.
  • Specify location where all active dental treatment records will be maintained for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Include a list of all continuing education courses taken since the last license renewal.
Q. I am a retired Dentist. How do I reinstate my license?
  • If you have been in retirement status for less than 3 years, you may reinstate your license by making the request to the Board.
  • If the license has been in retirement status for more than three years, you must reapply for licensure as a new applicant.
Q. I am a Dentist who let my license expire and failed to renew what can I do to obtain my license?
  • You may reinstate the license within the year of revocation.
  • If the licensed is revoked for more than a year from the date of revocation, you must reapply for a license as a new applicant.
Q. What are the requirements for a Dentist to administer anesthesia in New Mexico?

Refer to 16.5.15 NMAC of the NM Board of Dental Health Care Rules for more information. New Mexico follows the requirements as described in the October 2000 ADA Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Anxiety and Pain.
– attach 16.5.16.15 NMAC

Dental Hygienist Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can Dental Hygienists be licensed in New Mexico?

Dental Hygienists are licensed by examination, credentials, or temporary licensure.

Q. What are the requirements for a Dental Hygienist applying for licensure by Examination?
  • Graduated and received a diploma from an CODA accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  • Successfully completed the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination
  • Passed a WREB, CRDTS, SRTA or NERB/ADEX clinical exam
  • Level III Background Status Report through Professional Background Information Services (PBIS).
  • Complete and pass the Jurisprudence exam
Q. What are the requirements for a Dental Hygienist applying for licensure by Credentials?
  • Graduated and received a diploma from an CODA accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  • Hold a valid license in good standing by clinical exam in another state
  • Passed the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination
  • Completed 15 hours of approved continuing education during the past year
  • Level III Background Status Report through Professional Background Information Services (PBIS).
  • Complete and pass the Jurisprudence exam
Q. What are the requirements for a Dental Hygienist applying for a Temporary License?

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Q. What are the requirements for a Dental Hygienist applying for the Collaborative Practice of Dental Hygiene?

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Q. When do I renew my Dental Hygiene license and what are the requirements for renewal?
  • All Dental Hygiene licenses are on a three-year cycle; licenses are renewed every three years.
  • Complete renewal application
  • Pay required fees
  • Complete 45 hours of continuing education
  • Current BLS or CPR
  • Complete a course in infection control.
Q. If my license has not been renewed and I pay the late fee, can I continue to work?

No, all licenses expire on June 30 of your renewal year.

Q. How do I retire my Dental Hygienist license?
  • Submit request for retirement letter or current renewal form marked “request for retirement status” to board prior to the expiration of license for approval.
  • Include actual date of retirement
  • Include a list of all continuing education courses taken since the last license renewal.
Q. I am a retired Dental Hygienist. How do I reinstate my license?
  • If you have been in retirement status for less than 3 years, you may reinstate your license.
  • If the license has been in retirement status for more than three (3) years, you must reapply for licensure as a new applicant.
Q. I am a Dental Hygienist who let my license expire at time of renewal. What can I do to obtain my license?
  • You may reinstate the license within the year of revocation.
  • If the licensed is revoked for more than a year from the date of revocation, you must reapply for a license as a new applicant.
Q. Can Dental Hygienists apply for a Local Anesthesia Certificate in New Mexico?

Yes. The administration of local anesthesia requires the indirect supervision of a dentist.
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Dental Assistants Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Expanded Function certifications can a dental assistant obtain in New Mexico?
  • Dental Radiography
  • Rubber Cup Coronal Polishing
  • Topical Fluoride Application
  • Pit and Fissure Sealant Application
Q. What are the requirements for certification in the expanded functions?
  • Completed training in the expanded function; click on link for further details
  • Passed the Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB) in that expanded function
  • Complete and pass the jurisprudence exam
  • Pass the New Mexico clinical exam; click on link for further details.

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Q. Can I apply by Credentials to New Mexico for a Dental Assisting Certificate?
  • Verification of a current valid certificate from another state, or
  • An Official letter from the director of an accredited dental hygiene program indicating the applicant has completed coursework in the requested expanded function, or
  • Proof of Current, valid certification as a CDA issued by DANB.

All certifications, letters and validations must be received directly by the NM Board office from the state, institution, or DANB.

Q. When do I renew my Dental Assistant Certificate and what are the requirements for renewal?
  • All Dental Assistant licenses are on a three-year cycle; licenses are renewed every three years.
  • Complete renewal application
  • Pay required renewal fees
  • Complete 30 hours of continuing education; if renewing certification in Radiography three hours of radiographic technique or safety and protection is required
  • Proof of current BLS or CPR
  • Completed a course in infection control.
Q. If my license has not been renewed and I pay the late fee, can I continue to work?

No, all licenses expire on June 30 of your renewal year.

Q. Can I put my dental assisting certification on inactive or retirement status?

No, dental assistant certifications do not have inactive or retirement status.

Q. I am a Dental Assistant who let my certification expire at time of renewal. What can I do to obtain my license?
  • You may reinstate the license within the year of revocation.
  • If the licensed is revoked for more than a year from the date of revocation, you must reapply for a license as a new applicant.
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