About the Board

The Iowa Dental Board is a state agency charged with the overall responsibility for regulating the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting in the state of Iowa.

Board Members

The Board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Iowa Senate, to serve three-year terms. Five members are licensed dentists, two members are licensed dental hygienists, and two members represent the public.

State law requires that there be a balance by gender and political affiliation. Board members are appointed by the governor for a full three-year term or to complete the unexpired term of a member who resigned. Board members may serve up to 9 years (or three terms).

Board members who are appointed to a three-year (full) term begin serving on May 1.  Those who are appointed to complete an unexpired term begin serving at the time of the appointment.

The Board annually elects a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary at its regularly scheduled meeting in July. The chairperson assigns Board members to committees and selects the chairperson for each committee.

If you would like to serve on the Board, please contact the Governor’s staff member in charge of appointments at (515) 281-0215, or visit the governor's Boards and Commissions website.

View more information about the current Board members.

Board Responsibilities

The Board's mission is to ensure that all Iowans receive professional, competent, and safe dental health care of the highest quality. In pursuit of this mission, the Iowa Dental Board performs these primary functions:

  • Administers examinations for the testing of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants;
  • Issues licenses, registrations, and permits to qualified practitioners;
  • Sets standards for license, registration, and permit renewal and continuing education;
  • Enforces Iowa laws, which regulate the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting and investigates complaints concerning violations of the dental practice act and Board rules;
  • Conducts disciplinary hearings and actively monitors the compliance of licensees with Board orders; and
  • Adopts rules and establishes standards for practitioners pursuant to its authority under Iowa Code.

Board Statutory Committees

Dental Hygiene Committee

The Dental Hygiene Committee is established under Iowa Code section 153.33A. This three-member committee of the Board consists of two dental hygienist members of the Board and one dentist member of the Board. The dentist member of the committee must have supervised and worked in collaboration with a dental hygienist for a period of at least three years immediately preceding election to the committee. The dentist member is elected to the Committee annually by a majority vote of Board members.

The Committee has the authority to adopt recommendations regarding the practice, discipline, education, examination, and licensure of dental hygienists, and carry out duties as assigned by the Board. The committee has no regulatory or disciplinary authority with regard to dentists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, or any other auxiliary dental personnel.


Additional Committees Established by the Board (Authorized by Rule)

Committees comprised of Board members are used to facilitate the Board’s work at meetings. The following are the current committees established by the Board:

Ad-Hoc Examination Committee

The Ad-Hoc Examination Committee reviews matters related to clinical examinations and recommends actions to the full Board on these matters.

Anesthesia Credentials Committee

The Anesthesia Credentials Committee reviews applications for moderate sedation and general anesthesia, and recommends actions to the full Board on these matters.

Continuing Education Advisory Committee

The Continuing Education Advisory Committee reviews applications for individual course review and sponsor status. 

Dental Assistant Registration Committee

The Dental Assistant Registration Committee reviews and recommends actions to the full Board on matters related to dental assistant registration.

Executive Committee

The Board’s elected officers (chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary) serve on the Executive Committee. The committee guides and supervises the Board’s executive director, reviews the budget and makes recommendations to the Board, and recommends administrative rules, legislative proposals, and other policy positions.

Licensure/Registration Committee

The Licensure/Registration Committee recommends to the Board appropriate action on completed applications for licensure. The committee may review licensure examination matters.

Peer Review

The Board may refer a matter to a registered peer review committee for investigation, review and report to the Board, any complaint or other evidence of an act or omission which the Board reasonably believes to constitute cause for licensee discipline. "Peer review" means evaluation of professional services rendered by a licensee or registrant. The Board shall determine which peer review committee will review a case involving a dentist or dental assistant and what complaints or other matters shall be referred to a peer review committee for investigation, review, and report to the Board. The Board may use the peer review committee system organized under the dental care programs council of the Iowa Dental Association, a peer review committee system organized by the Iowa Dental Assistants Association, or a specifically constituted peer review committee designated by the Board for matters involving dentists or dental assistants.

The Dental Hygiene Committee shall determine which peer review committee will review a case involving a dental hygienist and what complaints or other matters shall be referred to a peer review committee for investigation, review, and report to the dental hygiene committee. The dental hygiene committee may use the peer review system organized under the ethics committee of the Iowa dental hygienists’ association or a specifically constituted peer review committee designated by the dental hygiene committee for matters involving dental hygienists.

A professional who is interested in serving as a peer reviewer may contact the Iowa Dental Board at (515) 281-5157, or by email at IDB@iowa.gov.


Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC)

The Board established the IPRC to evaluate, assist and monitor the recovery or rehabilitation of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who self-report possible impairments. For information about current members of the IPRC visit the IPRC part of this website.