The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) is the regulatory body for dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants (CDAs) in B.C. We register, certify and regulate over 3,800 dentists, seven dental therapists and over 6,600 CDAs.
The College is not a teaching institution: its core function is to protect the public by overseeing the conduct and competence of its registrants.
CDSBC protects the public by ensuring that dentists, dental therapists and CDAs are registered and qualified to practise, and that they are consistently providing safe and ethical care to their patients.
CDSBC also responds to complaints from patients, and takes action when a registrant is practising incompetently, unethically, illegally or is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a mental illness.
Below is a listing of key services provided by CDSBC. For inquiries outside of CDSBC's regulatory mandate, practitioners and the public may wish to contact either the BC Dental Association and the Certified Dental Assistants of BC, whose basic services are outlined below.
• Registration and annual renewal for dentists, dental therapists and CDAs• Receive and resolve complaints• Provide practice standards and guidelines for dental professionals• Process continuing education credits• Incorporate dental practices• Online Registrant Lookup• Inspections of moderate, deep, or general anaesthetic sedation facility• Illegal Practice
• Public oral health education via yourdentalhealth.ca • "Find a Dentist" search for dentists accepting new patients • Information on reduced cost clinics • Annual suggested fee guide • Dental office job opportunities (public website) • Practice classified listings (member website)• X-ray Inspection Program• WHMIS and managing dental waste • Practice management information and resources• Continuing education for dentists and dental staff• Dentist Wellness Program DWP (previously Dental Profession Advisory Program Counselling)
• Employment standards for CDAs• Professional advice for CDAs• Salary survey guide for allied dental personnel• Continuing education opportunities for CDAs• Group insurance for CDAs• Job postings for CDAs
Three other health colleges that regulate dental professionals in B.C. are: