Dental Therapy is one of, if not the most controversial topic in dentistry right now. Dr. Zeller interviews experts that support and oppose the dental therapy model in her multi-episode series.
Both educational and uncomfortable. While listening to these episodes, Dr. Zeller challenges you to stay open. First with your mind, then with your mouth.
Last week Arizona was officially the seventh state to pass a bill allowing the practice of dental therapists. Dental therapists are midlevel dental providers aimed at addressing the problem of access for many Americans. They have been operating in Alaska since 2004 and in Minnesota since 2011. Approximately 12 other states are considering laws that would allow dental therapists. There is much controversy surrounding midlevel providers in dentistry, creating questions of scope of practice, patient safety, and licensing requirements.