Consumers Overview

Our Mission | Overview | Disposing of Unwanted Medications | Opioids - What You Need to KnowPublic Board vs Membership Group | Contacting the Board 

Our Mission 

The North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners (NDBDE) is a regulatory agency mandated to protect the dental health of the citizens of North Dakota by regulating the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting through the enforcement of laws, rules and policies. The board requires competency and ethical behavior in all areas of the practice of dentistry. 

Although the Board adopts rules and may propose laws to regulate the practice of dentistry and the conduct of dental practitioners, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly has the final word when shaping law.

Overview of Board Responsibility

What can the Board do? The Board may take disciplinary action against a practitioner who violates the laws or rules pertaining to dentistry.  The Board cannot represent citizens who see to recover fees paid or remedies for injuries. The Board cannot give legal advice to individuals about their rights or represent them in any action. It is important to note that the Board staff cannot provide legal advice or answer questions about insurance. Members of the Board may not discuss active investigations. 

What You Need to Know About Opioid Pain Medicines

Prescription opioids are used mostly to treat moderate to severe pain and are known to be highly addictive. The consequenses of opioid abuse can be devastating. Drug overdose deaths in ND involving opioid pain relievers have increased dramatically since 1999. Concerted state efforts have been made to curb this epidemic.  Commonly prescribed opioids include hydrocodone (Vicodin®), oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®) , oxymorphone (Opana®) , morphine (Kadian®,  Avinza®), codeine, and fentanyl. If you are prescribed opioid pain relievers please review the patient counseling guide found by clicking on the link below


Disposing of Unwanted Medication

  • Avoid taking prescription painkillers more often than prescribed.
  • Discuss with your dentist the risks and benefits of pain treatment options, including ones that  do not involve prescription painkillers.
  • Dispose of medications properly, as soon as the course of treatment is done, and avoid keeping prescription painkillers or sedatives around "just in case."
  • North Dakota offers two free programs for residents to dispose of unwanted medications. The TAKE BACK PROGRAM at participating law enforcement agencies, and the YELLOW JUG OLD DRUGS program at participating pharmacies. These programs give residents easy and convenient ways to dispose of unused and unwanted medications, a secure and safe way to dispose of controlled substances. This means the amounts of medication in a patient’s home will not be diverted or misused.
  • The link below will provide a list of the drop off sites for old or unwanted medications. Take Back sites are located at local law enforcement agencies and, unless otherwise noted, are open 24 hours a day. The Yellow Jug sites are at participating pharmacies. For hours of operation, contact your pharmacy directly.


  • As of May 4, 2017, over 8.9 TONS of unwanted and unused medications have been collected from the Take Back containers at local law enforcement agencies.
  • Help prevent misuse and abuse by not selling or sharing prescription drugs. Never use another person's prescription drugs.
  • Get help for substance abuse problems 1-800-662-HELP. Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 if you have questions about medicines.

Public Boards vs. Membership Organizations

What is the difference between the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners (NDBDE), a public board and the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA)?  

The NDBDE is the state entity that regulates the practice of dentistry. To practice dentistry and dental hygiene, a practitioner must be licensed and registered with the Board. Dental assistants providing expanded duties must be registered with the Board. The Board of Dental Examiners represent the public interest.

In contrast, the NDDA, like the American Dental Association, is a member driven organization; membership is optional.  The ND Dental Association, the ND Dental Hygienists’ Association and the ND Dental Assistants’ Association represent the members they serve.

The ND Board of Dental Examiners is an entity of State government. The meetings of the ND Board of Dental Examiners are open to the public. The Board is not affiliated with any national or state dental, dental hygiene, or dental assisting membership organization. 

Contacting the Board

When calling the Board Office who should I ask for? When you contact the ND State Board of Dental Examiners, the Board’s administrative assistant may answer general questions or refer you to the appropriate individual. Because the Board staff is limited, you may need to leave a message. Calls are returned in the order in which they are received.

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