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The Contact News Bulletin is distributed by email and is posted to our website when dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants need to be informed of timely and important matters.

The most recent Contact News Bulletin is below. An archive of past issues remains online for your reference.

For information about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities, visit our upcoming events page.

25 October 2017


​Board Approves Amendments to Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities)

Prince George Listening Session

Reminder: Capnography Requirements for Sedation

Survey Results: What Registrants and Complainants Say About College Complaints Process                            

​Practice Tip: Questions from a Grieving Wife

November Board Meeting

​Reminder: Continuing Education Cycle End Date

​​Holiday Closure: Remembrance Day

Board Approves Amendments to Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities)

The Board has approved changes to CDSBC Bylaw 12, which deals with advertising and promotional activities by registrants. The Board accepted the recommendation of the Ethics Committee, which considered all of the feedback received during the consultation period this past spring.

In summary, the Board has approved a revised Bylaw 12 that is more inclusive than the current bylaw in terms of how dentists may refer to their university degrees, titles, designations, and qualifications in advertising and promotional activities.

 Bylaw 12

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Prince George Listening Session

The College is wrapping up the 2017 listening sessions series with a stop in Prince George. Please join us on 15 November to share your thoughts and engage with board and committee members, and senior staff. Topics will include the decline of public trust, Bylaw Part 2 (College Board), and the business of dentistry and corporate structures.

Prince George Listening Session
Wednesday, 15 November, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (light meal at 5:30 pm)
Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, Room 208
808 Canada Games Way, Prince George

Register for the Prince George listening session via Event Brite 

Listening sessions are not eligible for CE

Listening sessions

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Reminder: Capnography Requirements for Sedation

All general dentists and certified specialists who provide sedation and general anaesthesia must adhere to the requirements outlined in CDSBC’s relevant standards and guidelines. This is a reminder that new capnography (the monitoring of the concentration or partial pressure of carbon dioxide CO2 requirements approved by the Board came into effect earlier this year:

• Capnography is required for deep sedation patients to help evaluate the adequacy of ventilation during deep sedation services

• Capnography and/or pre-tracheal stethoscope monitoring is required for moderate sedation patients

The Sedation and General Anaesthetic Services Committee identified these changes as necessary to ensure CDSBC’s requirements meet, or exceed, best practice recommendations, and are based on current medical/dental literature. More information is on the sedation page of the website. 

For more information, contact the Sedation Program Coordinator at 604 736 3621


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Survey Results: What Registrants and Complainants Say About College Complaints Process

The College strives to deliver a complaints process that is thorough, fair and timely. Last year, we began using an exit survey for registrants and complainants to help in evaluating the College’s complaints process. When a complaint file is closed, both the registrant and the complainant receive an invitation to provide their feedback on the complaint process.

Because of the nature of any complaints process, it is likely that one of the two parties will be dissatisfied with the outcome. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate a participant’s experience of the process rather than their satisfaction with the outcome of their complaint.

 Exit survey results

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Practice Tip: Questions from a Grieving Wife

In the latest practice tip from staff dentists, Dr. Meredith Moores tells the story of a complainant who blames the dentist’s negligence for the loss of her husband of 49 years:

“All patients, whether they are aware of it or not, arrive in our practices with the expectation of a thorough and complete assessment that informs a definitive diagnosis. Accordingly, dentists have a unique opportunity to positively impact the early detection of suspicious oral lesions which may prove to be oral cancer.”

Oral cancer practice tip

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November Board Meeting

The next meeting of the CDSBC Board will be at 8:30 am on Friday, 24 November at the Terminal City Club (Skidmore Room), 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

To reserve a meeting package and ensure adequate seating, observers should RSVP to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO's Office, at by 16 November.

Minutes from previous meetings can be found in the CDSBC Library under the heading “Board and Governance.”

Board meetings

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Reminder: Continuing Education Cycle End Date

Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on 31 December and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal next year still have time. Log in at to review your CE transcript. CE requirements are 90 credits for dentists, 75 credits for dental therapists and 36 credits for certified dental assistants.

You can submit CE credits online, by email or mail. Due to high volumes of submissions, it may take up to a month for each submission to be processed.

More information is available on our website or you can email

Submit CE credits now

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Holiday Closure

Our office will be closed on Monday, 13 November for Remembrance day and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification  to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.