A. No person shall practice dentistry or dental hygiene or attempt or offer to practice
within the state without first having been authorized and issued a license by the board; nor
shall any person practice dentistry or dental hygiene or attempt or offer to practice within the
state during any period of suspension of his license by the board or after revocation by the
board of any license theretofore issued to the offending person.
B.(1) The board may issue a subpoena to any person or persons who the board has
probable cause to believe has engaged in the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene without
a currently valid license or permit.
(2) Subpoenas issued by the board shall comply with the notice requirements of R.S.
49:955 and R.S. 37:781. These subpoenas shall be served upon the unlicensed individual
personally or by any type of mailing requiring a return receipt and shall include a statement
of the manner in which the unlicensed person shall be required to respond to the board.
(3) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section may also be prosecuted
criminally by the district attorney and, if convicted, shall be imprisoned with or without hard
labor for not more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both. Each
unauthorized act shall constitute a separate offense.
(4) The fact that any unlicensed person engages in or performs or offers to engage
in or perform any of the practices, acts, or operations set forth in R.S. 37:751(A)(5) is prima
facie evidence that such person is engaged in the illegal practice of dentistry or dental
(5) No person practicing dentistry or dental hygiene without a currently valid license
or temporary permit shall have the right to receive any compensation for services so
rendered. In addition to any other penalties imposed under R.S. 37:789, any person who
practices dentistry or dental hygiene without a license shall return any fees collected for
practicing dentistry or dental hygiene and shall be liable for any damages resulting from
(6) All rights and privileges afforded by the Administrative Procedure Act are
specifically reserved to any party aggrieved by any decision of the board.
C. If the board has reasonable cause to believe that an expanded duty dental assistant
has violated any of the provisions of this Chapter, the board may suspend, rescind, or revoke
the confirmation of the certification of the expanded duty dental assistant after a hearing is
D. Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 712, §2.
Acts 1988, No. 795, §1; Acts 1995, No. 920, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1358, §1; Acts 2001,
No. 712, §2; Acts 2003, No. 1182, §1; Acts 2005, No. 196, §1; Acts 2016, No. 369, §1.