The Arizona Board of Dental Examiners (“Board”) oversee all investigations and complaints regarding dentists, dental hygienists or denturists licensed or certified to practice in Arizona. The Board has issued guidelines into the complaint review process. An investigation by the Board is initiated when; 1) a complaint is filed, 2) voluntary reporting, 3) or when other organizations are required by law to report a possible violation to the Board. The Board’s Complaint Review Process lists three distinct stages of the complaint process. The stages are as follows:
1. Filing a Complaint
3. Board Meeting
This post will examine the first stage of the complaint process; filing a complaint. A general time-line for the filing a complaint stage is as follows:
1. A complaint is filed against a dentist, dental hygienist or denturist.
2. If the Investigative Team deems that the complaint is not complete, the complaint form will be returned to the complainant.
3. In some cases the Investigative Team in conjunction with the Executive Director will dismiss a complaint before a full investigation is commenced if it is determined that the complaint lacks merit.
4. If the allegations in the complaint can be substantiated by an initial review, the Investigative Team will move forward with a formal investigation.
The next step in an Arizona Board of Dental Examiners complaint review process is an Investigation.
If you have any questions about an Arizona Board of Dental Examiners complaint contact Attorney Robert Chelle.