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Licensing-Related Information

Dental health professionals must apply for and renew their licenses with the Department of Health. The Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry ensures that all dentists and dental hygienists practicing in Rhode Island meet the requirements for licensure and comply with the applicable conditions and regulations of the law.

Continuing Education/Training

Continuing Education Opportunities for Dental Professionals

Professional Resources

Dental Radiology

Mental and Behavioral Health Resources for Dental Professionals

Mental health resources for dental professionals can support patient care and successful healthy practice. The following resources are available for providers to refer patients and colleagues or use themselves. If you would like to suggest any additional resources, please contact

Rhode Island Resources

  • BH Link is a behavioral health facility that provides crisis intervention services and connects people to ongoing treatment and care. Their professional team of registered nurses, counselors, psychiatrists, phone screeners, and peer specialists offers confidential support to adults 18+ and helps them access longer-term services.
  • RI Medical Society Physician Health Program (RIPHP) is available to all physicians and healthcare practitioners who can find support for themselves and their colleagues.
  • RIDOH Violence and Injury Prevention provides information about programs, including surveillance, publications, education, and prevention initiatives.

National Programs

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formally known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) is available 24/7 across the United States. Anyone experiencing suicidal, substance use, or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress can call, text, or chat 988 to find support from trained crisis counselors.
  • American Dental Association- Health and Wellness Find effective resources for taking care of yourself and your staff.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health  The National Institute of Mental Health provides additional resources, mental health information, and research updates.

Additional Resources

  • Prevent Overdose RI provides data and helpful resources on overdose, such as where to get naloxone and how to get into treatment.
  • National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) - Rhode Island serves residents across the state with free mental health support, online groups, resources, and education.
  • State of RI Department of Behavioral Health (BHDDH) works to guarantee high-quality, safe and accessible healthcare services through an integrated healthcare landscape in which all Rhode Islanders will thrive.
  • Man Therapy® is an evidence-based and research-backed communication campaign that connects men with tools and resources to prevent a mental health crisis. This multi-agency effort addresses men’s mental health, with a bit of humor.

Pain Management

  • Managing Pain After Dental Surgery
  • Naloxone

    Screen all patients and caregivers.

    • Check a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) and ask the patient about previous naloxone use.
    • Check Rhode Island’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for clinical alerts and evidence of high-dose opioids (i.e., more than 50 oral Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MMEs) per day), long-acting opioid use, or opioid use for longer than 90 days.
    • Screen all patients for a history or diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), mental health conditions, respiratory or neurologic conditions that affect breathing, harmful use or misuse of opioids, and/or opioid overdose.
    • Screen patients for use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat OUD.
    • Screen all patients to identify use of opioids in combination with benzodiazepines, alcohol, anti-depressants, and/or sedatives.

    Educate yourself, patients, and staff.

    • Ask caregivers if they feel comfortable administering naloxone during an overdose in case a friend or loved one is experiencing a bad reaction to an opioid.
    • Tell patients who are taking opioids about the potential for bad reactions that make breathing slow down or stop, leading to an overdose.
    • Emphasize to patients that naloxone is an antidote and can save a life, just like a seatbelt or fire extinguisher.
    • Tell patients and caregivers about what to expect after giving someone naloxone.
    • Include a conversation about the importance of having naloxone on-hand as a standard part of opioid safety messages.
    • Ensure all office staff know where to locate and how to use naloxone in case of an overdose.
    • Review the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and the legal protections under Rhode Island’s Good Samaritan Law.
    • Sign and display these pledges on opioid safety.
    • Print, hang, and distribute educational materials about naloxone.

    Promote increased access to naloxone.

    • Join the US Surgeon General and be a role model. Purchase and carry naloxone. Incorporate naloxone co-prescribing in EHRs, office protocols, and electronic prescribing systems.
    • Co-prescribe naloxone to patients who are currently being prescribed syringes and needles.
    • Stock naloxone in the office for emergency use and for direct dispensing to patients.
    • Remind patients and staff that pharmacists can dispense naloxone and bill insurance companies without a prescription from a healthcare provider.
    • If cost is a barrier for patients, help them enroll in a health insurance plan.
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing
  • Knowing the Risks of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications (Video)

Record Keeping

Resources for Caring for Patients with Medical Conditions

Safe Practice

Board Information

Board of Examiners in Dentistry

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