The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Board of California (DBC), regulates and licenses Dentists and Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs). The Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHC) administers exams and licenses.
The DBC does not issue specialty licenses; however, it regulates dentists who specialize in orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Licenses and regulates dentists; regulates dentists who specialize in orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Complaints outside jurisdiction:
Fee disputes or office, business procedures.
Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2300 Direct number
(877) 729-7789 Toll free
(916) 263-2140 Fax
The Sacramento District Dental Society serves 5 counties; provides continuing education courses for dentists; provides a referral service for general public; offers emergency care program for disadvantaged children in great need of dental care (Emergency Dental Access for Children); provides patient referrals; a 15% deduction on charges for senior citizens, but this discount is available only through those dentists who chose to participate in this program. Consumer must be at low income level.
Sacramento District Dental Society
2035 Hurley Way, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 447-3818 Fax
The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Hygiene Board of California, licenses Registered Dental Hygienists.
Dental Hygiene Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1050
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2688 Fax
Registered Dental Hygienist and Registered Dental Assistants must take a course approved by the Dental Hygiene Board to take dental x-rays; they cannot operate an x-ray machine unless licensed to do so.
Dental Insurance complaints or inquiries should be directed to California Department of Corporations, HMO Help Center at (800) 400-0815.
Dental Labs are not regulated by any state or federal agency at this time. Complaints may be directed to the local district attorney or handled as a civil matter.