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7/12/2011..... ATTENTION
We have just discovered that:
The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners is currently reviewing the Laser Certificates of all Nevada Licensed Dentists purporting to have received Laser Training. This includes those taught by Dr. Chen (NDA-sponsored Laser Trainer), Dr. Phil Hudson (ALD member), Dr. William Leavitt (UNLV SDM), and numerous others. Letters are being sent by the Board to licensee’s prohibiting use of lasers unless training certificates involve training approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), and bear their logo and the signature of an ALD educator. The Board is working through ALD to review all laser training certificates provided by dentists in this state.
Again, we remind all faculty and part-time faculty that it is imperative that those given laser training at SDM by Dr. Leavitt not use lasers until after we provide the necessary certificate. Of course, this means not to claim laser training on your license renewal.
Although we anticipate approval of SDM’s Laser Training Course, certificates cannot be provided until after the Board’s official approval of the course content. As soon as they approve SDM’s Laser Training Course as meeting State Regulation, you will be notified, and a certificate issued.
Although this has put a slight hesitation in our progressing toward use of lasers in clinic, we are using the time to obtain ‘ocular exams’ from laser-trained faculty. This exam requirement includes part-time faculty wishing to use lasers in clinic.
Please feel free to contact me by either email or phone 774-2641.
William Leavitt, DDS


4/4/2011.... Anthony Ferreri, Director of Member Services here at the Nevada Dental Association attended the ADA's Recruitment and Retention Conference in Chicago. A lot of great information was obtained, and new ideas and suggestions were shared among the different Associations and Societies that attended. Anthony Ferreri was a featured speaker at the Tripartite User's Group meeting. He spoke about the NDA's dues invoices, and how to implement payment plans and the formula's required. Anthony was also nominated and elected to the TUG Board of Directors. This position solidifies Nevada's ability to stay on top of current technology, and will be participating in the testing of the beta versions of the new system which will be rolled out in 2012-2103. Lori Benvin, Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Dental Society also attended, and shared her ideas regarding the tripartite, and participated in various round table discussions. her input was invaluable, and she represented Nevada with pride and knowledge.

June 2-3, 2010 - CNN To Air a Two-Night Investigative Report with Dr. Sanjay Gupta entitled, "Toxic AMerica" focusing on five chemicals, including Bisphenol A

On June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. eastern time, CNN will air a two-night investigative report with Dr. Sanjay Gupta entitled, “Toxic America” focusing on five chemicals, including Bisphenol A.

On their Web site which promotes the upcoming report, CNN cites dental sealants as one source of BPA

This news report may generate questions from patients, the public and your local media. Please know that the ADA has contacted CNN and provided a statement from the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) about Bisphenol A posted on our Web site since 2008:

According to the CSA statement, “According to the CDC, dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5 to 17 years—5 times more common than asthma (59% versus 11%).4 Untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, absence from school, and poor appearance—problems that can greatly affect a child’s quality of life. The utility of composite resin materials for both restoring dental health and preventing caries is well established, while any health risks from their use are not. The ADA fully supports continued research into the safety of BPA; but, based on current evidence, the ADA does not believe there is a basis for health concerns relative to BPA exposure from any dental material.”

General information about dental sealants is posted on the ADA’s Web site at: and 

If you are contacted by the public or local media about bisphenol A, feel free to share the CSA statement and the general information about dental sealants.



Senator Reid Meets with members from the Nevada Dental Association

Washington, D.C. (Weds. 4/14/2010) - Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with members of the Nevada Dental Association to discuss the importance of dental health in Nevada. In attendance were Vice President Michael P. Banks, Executive Director Robert Talley, Treasurer Dwyte E. Brooks, David White and Jeanette Belz.

"Good oral health is key to good overall health, and ensuring that Nevadans can see their dentist is as important as making sure that everyone can see their doctors", Reid said. "I thank the association for the outstanding work it has done to improve oral health and deliver quality dental care for Nevadans."



Washington, DC (1/20/2010) – The American Society of Association Executives has announced that Robert H. Talley DDS, Executive Director of the Nevada Dental Association has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE ™) credential.  The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.   Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.  To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.  More than 3,600 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential.  2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the CAE program.

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations.  It’s members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world.  The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association profession.  Together, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. 
For more information about ASAE & The Center, please visit



PCI and Why?

First you had OSHA, then HIPAA, more recently Red Flag laws and now PCI!
PCI stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards and you may want to go to to learn more.  For the most part, PCI focuses on protecting credit card numbers and these regulations are required of every merchant that accepts credit cards as a form of payment.  The main impetous of the new compliance regulations is to deter identity theft (keep in mind that dental staff are often privy to patient date of birth, social security # and credit card numbers – place this in the wrong hands and your patients could be easy targets). 
If you have not been contacted by your credit card processor yet, you probably will be before January 2010 (most processors are charging an annual fee of $25-$179).  In order to meet PCI security requirements, you most likely will be asked to log onto an authorized PCI website and answer questions.  You will be asked some questions to determine what level of compliance will be required based on whether you use a terminal (lowest level of compliance required) or internet based system (higher level of compliance required).  For most dental offices that use a credit card terminal, you will only need to complete the questionnaire, write a short policy about how you protect credit card information in your office and assign a designated PCI security contact person.  More effective security measures will lead to fewer questions.  If you use a system that connects through the internet for processing payments, you will complete the same documentation as above but the questionnaire will be much longer and you should begin receiving quarterly scans to verify that credit card data via internet/website is not compromisable. 
Your written policy, at a minimum should reflect that (a) all patient records that show the patients credit card number are properly secured/locked and not available to others such as patients in the office, cleaning services, etc.; (b) credit card receipts and related records are properly shredded after your retention time policy (you may want to keep signed receipts at least six months in case you receive a chargeback and need to provide the signed copy); and (c) credit card processing batches are closed daily.  Most processors have updated their software (may require a software download) to now truncate  both the merchant copy and the customer copy of the receipt (this is now mandatory in California and Tennessee only).  Nevada law only requires that the customer copy be truncated (only show the first four and last four digits of the credit card number).
Several credit card processing companies are faxing and/or calling dental practices and telling them that their equipment is not PCI compliant and you need to call them at … (they will not know what your equipment is – this is simply a marketing ploy to try to become your merchant processor).  Nearly all credit card terminals are PCI compliant (or can receive a software download to become PCI compliant)  but some pin pads are not as they had the ability to store the pin number (4 digit code for debit cards).  Most dental practices do not have a pin pad.  If you do have a pin pad, please call your merchant processor to find out if it is compliant.
If you have additional questions about PCI,  you may call your present processor or you may call the Nevada Dental Associations endorsed credit card processing company, Best Card at 877-739-3952.

ADA and ADEA Launch Groundbreaking Education Project

Dental Students, Faculty Gain Live Remote Access to ADA Annual Session Courses
CHICAGO, August 12, 2009—The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) announce the launch of a groundbreaking educational opportunity in which dental students and faculty can gain remote access to select live-patient continuing education courses held at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 ADA Annual Sessions.
To read the full press release, please click the following link:

Utah Dentist Elected Second Vice President of American Dental Association
CHICAGO, October 6, 2009 – AJ Smith, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, was installed today as Second Vice President of the American Dental Association (ADA) during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Honolulu.

Virginia Dentist Assumes Presidency of the American Dental Association
CHICAGO, October 6, 2009—Ronald L. Tankersley, D.D.S., who practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Newport News, Williamsburg and Hampton, Va., was installed as president of the American Dental Association (ADA) and will lead the 157,000-member organization’s efforts to protect and improve the public’s oral health and promote advances in dentistry.

Michigan Dentist Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association
CHICAGO, October 6, 2009 – Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Flint, Mich., was inducted today as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA)  during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Honolulu.