Statement by the ADSO in Response to a Recent Ruling by a Texas U.S. District Judge in Favor of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Over the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

Monday, February 1, 2016 
Contact: Erin Hughes
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We are encouraged by the recent ruling that found certain regulations of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners infringed on the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s First Amendment rights.

It is imperative that the regulatory activity of dental boards does not unintentionally preclude a vibrant, competitive marketplace for administrative services.  As a precautionary tale, consider proposed legislation in North Carolina in 2012.  It would have prohibited dentists from contracting with Dental Support Organizations for support in non-clinical aspects of their practices like billing, booking and purchasing equipment. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Supreme Court found that the North Carolina legislation would have reduced access to care and was anticompetitive.

Protectionist policies do not survive.  The FTC, the U.S. Supreme Court and now a District Court in Texas align with consumers and for a marketplace that rewards innovation, lowers barriers to entry and increases access for patients.  We are confident that patients, dentists and lawmakers alike understand what is at stake and will continue to promote quality options for dental practitioners.

About ADSO: 
ADSO is an international trade association whose members support more than 12,000 dentists across the country.  ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care.