As specialized dental practice attorneys, the counsel at Nardone Limited routinely represents dentists in Ohio State Dental Board proceedings, other state Dental Board proceedings, and other dental licensure matters. If a Dental Board has contacted you about a complaint or a licensure problem, you should speak to one of our experienced dental practice attorneys to ensure you take the right steps and are properly represented before the Dental Board. If you received a notice of formal charges or a citation letter from a Dental Board, the attorneys at Nardone Limited can advise you on your rights as a licensed dental professional and explain your potential options for resolution with the Dental Board. Contact Nardone Limited for more information about the Ohio and other state Dental Board representation and licensure matters.
ANSWER: After receiving a notice of formal charges or other type of citation letter from the Ohio State Dental Board, you have the right to request an administrative hearing in front of the Dental Board. An administrative hearing does not automatically follow the issuance of a notice of formal charges or other citation letter. If you do not timely request a hearing, the Dental Board will not have a chance to hear your reply to the allegations before making a decision on the citation, and will enter a decision based on its view of the allegations as stated in the notice or citation letter. The attorneys at Nardone Limited can assist you in the decision to request and process of requesting an administrative hearing.
ANSWER: An administrative hearing in front of the Ohio State Dental Board is a formal, public proceeding where your attorney will call witnesses, present documentary evidence, and make motions and objections on your behalf. The hearing is adversarial, meaning the state will present opposing arguments and evidence. The nature and complexity of the hearing is determined by the nature and complexity of the issues in the charges.
ANSWER: Depending on the strength of the formal charges, we may have the ability to negotiate a settlement with the Dental Board. This settlement is called a Consent Agreement, and must be approved by the Dental Board. If you enter into a Consent Agreement with the Dental Board before the hearing, the hearing is unnecessary.
ANSWER: The Ohio State Dental Board sanctions behavior that violates the Dental Practice Act, R.C. 4715. Violations may include: (i) improper prescribing, dispensing or administration of drugs; (ii) breach of minimum standards of care; (iii) fraud, misrepresentation, or deception; (iv) lewd and immoral conduct; (v) unauthorized practice; (vi) criminal convictions; (vii) impairment of ability to practice; (viii) infection control violations; or (ix) continuing education violations.
ANSWER: If the Board decides there has been a violation, the Board has the authority to (i) reprimand the licensee; (ii) put the licensee on probation; (iii) limit or restrict the practitioner’s license; (iv) suspend the license; or (v) permanently revoke the license. All formal disciplinary action will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
ANSWER: If you disagree with the Dental Board’s decision, you can appeal the decision to the Court of Common Pleas. Your attorney can help you file for appeal and will represent you in court.