Cracking Texas Teledentistry Legislation

Bridging the Knowledge Gap – Navigating Teledentistry Policy

Teledentistry Webinar Series

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH


Amber is the Clinical Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries, a non- profit medical and dental clinic. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Key Opinion Leader for Crest Oral- B and Elevate Oral Care, Government Affairs consultant for Mouthwatch, and speaker. Amber speaks on teledentistry, abuse, public health, special needs, and human trafficking. She has presented numerous times, both nationally and regionally, including at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is also the co- founder of Dental Hygiene Spark, a social media platform dedicated to empowering dental hygienists. Amber is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Dental Education Association’ s Crest Oral- B Scholarship for Dental Hygienists’ Pursuing Academic Careers, ADEA Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship, and ADHA Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship. Amber values leadership and organized dentistry. She is a member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, Texas Oral Health Coalition, Houston Equality Dental Network, and Hispanic Dental Association. Amber has served on all levels of the ADHA’ s tripartite. She is currently the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association’ s Membership Director and the Immediate Past President for the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association, the largest component in the ADHA. In her free time, Amber enjoys crafting, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two teenage boys.

Course Description

Teledentistry is the use of telecommunication to transmit patient information collected by an allied healthcare provider, to a dentist, in order to provide diagnostic and clinical care to patients. There are a variety of forms of teledentistry that can be used to provide patient care; this includes providing specialty care consultation and referrals, identification of oral lesions, dental caries diagnosis, and overall oral health assessments. This C.E. presentation will review the application an implementation of teledentistry, including accuracy, legality, billing, cost, insurance reimbursement, funding, legislation, codes, HIPAA, technology, licensure, benefits, barriers, and other consideration. This C.E. will aid dental professionals interested incorporating telecommunication in their dental practice and/or dental hygienists interested in providing care in remote areas to underserved populations.

Educational Objectives:

  • The learner will be able to analyze teledentistry legislation.
  • The learner will be able to describe the importance of teledentistry legislation.
  • The learner will be able to evaluate teledentistry legislation language.
  • The learner will be able to determine their position on SB488.

Credit hours: 0.5 CEU

Teaching Method: Self-Instruction

Cost: Free

Amber Lovatos Financial Disclosure

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Presenter Contact Information: Amber Lovatos – amlovatos

Date of Original Presentation: March 12, 2021

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2021

Date Released: March 29, 2021

Date of expiration: February 12, 2022

AGD Subject Code: 770


Link to Presentation

For more information and references on teledentistry please visit the Emerging Technology and Applications page.

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

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