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ADA Seeks Provider Comments

The ADA is seeking provider comment on dental handpieces, fluoride varnishes, abruptments and input on policy on sleep-related breathing disorders. Deadlines to submit comments are April 22 and April 20, respectively.

Dental handpieces, fluoride varnishes, abutments up for comment

Dental professionals are invited to contribute their expertise by reviewing and commenting on two draft dental standards and one technical report.

The deadline for comments is April 22, and copies of the draft standards and technical reports are available via the ADA toll-free number, ext. 2506, or email,

The following documents are available for comment:

  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 35 Dental Handpieces and Motors, a modified adoption of an international standard related to dental handpieces and motors. It covers all handpieces and motors used in dentistry for patient contact, regardless of their construction or power supply. It specifies requirements, test methods, manufacturer's information, marking and packaging.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 117 Fluoride Varnishes, a modified adoption of an international standard on fluoride varnishes. This standard specifies requirements and their test methods for total digestible fluoride content in dental varnishes containing fluoride, intended for use in the oral cavity directly on the outer surfaces of teeth and fillings. It also specifies the requirements for their packaging and labeling, including the instructions for use. This standard covers fluoride varnishes to be applied by dental health care workers.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Technical Report No. 146 CAD/CAM Abutments in Dentistry CAD/CAM, which covers requirements and test methods for assessing safety, reliability, accuracy and reproducibility of patient specific computer aided-design/computer-aided manufacturing abutments designed for use, either for a manufacturer’s own implants or for use with implants from other manufacturers. It also covers guidelines for standardization of future products. The abutment is individually designed by a laboratory or doctor to be attached to an implant by means of an abutment screw. This document covers milling done at a central milling facility, at the dental lab or by an in-office milling machine.

The ADA has played a key role in the development of standards since 1928 and is an American National Standards Institute accredited standards developer.

Input sought for policy on sleep-related breathing disorders

The ADA Council on Dental Practice is inviting dentists to provide comment on a revised draft policy on dentistry's role in sleep-related breathing disorders.

This comment period, which ends April 20, concerns a policy that was revised after a first round of comments earlier this year.

All submitted comments will again be reviewed by the council and included in its report to the 2017 House of Delegates, together with the final proposed policy.

Comments may be generic or specific. Dentists offering specific comments should include any available supportive information or references to expedite the council's review of all comments received.

The revised draft is available at Comments can be sent electronically via a form available on the web page.

Dentists who prefer to submit comments by mail should include their first and last names, email address, occupation and comments and mail to: Council on Dental Practice, Attn: Sleep-related breathing disorders, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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