Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions -- >
  Prescribing by Dentists

Rx - Prescription
  • Under what circumstances may a dentist prescribe medications and controlled substances?
  • Dentists may prescribe medications and controlled substances ONLY FOR DENTAL-RELATED conditions. Under no circumstances may a dentist prescribe anything whatsoever outside the course of his/her practice of dentistry (e.g., cold medicines, headache remedies, ulcer medications, etc.). To do so is a serious violation of the laws and regulations, and a dentist may be disciplined by the Board. A dentist must avoid self-prescribing, and any medications prescribed for office staff or family members must be solely for dental-related conditions and must be clearly and specifically documented in the patient's file. Refer to Miss. Code Ann. 73-9-61.
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  • If I dispense controlled substances, what kind of records do I need to keep?
  • Dentists who dispense controlled substances must keep a bound record of all drugs received and dispensed to patients, as well as noting any controlled substances dispensed to patients in the appropriate patient files. Under no circumstances should dentists write prescriptions in his/her name, the names of family members, the names of staff, or the names of patients to obtain controlled substances from pharmacies for dispensing in the dentist's office. This is a clear violation of federal and state controlled substances laws and regulations, and a dentist may be disciplined and/or have his/her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number revoked. Refer to Board Regulation 35.
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  • Are licensed Mississippi dentists allowed to prescribe any and all products to assist their patients with smoking cessation?
  • Yes. At its meeting on 11/21/2003, the Board reiterated its position that licensed Mississippi dentists may prescribe any and all products to assist their patients with smoking cessation. Refer to Miss. Code Ann. 73-9-3.
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  • Are dentists allowed to prescribe sinus medications as such medications may relate to dental treatment?
  • Yes. At its 08/06/2010 meeting, the Board determined that licensed Mississippi dentists are allowed to prescribe medications for the treatment of sinus problems as related to dental treatment.
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