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Washington State Dental Association

The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) is the voice of dentistry in Washington. With over 4,400 member dentists, WSDA is dedicated to empowering members to advocate for and provide the highest quality oral health care. 

Latest News

  • Mar 16, 2023

    Share Your Dental Workforce Challenges

    Share your dental workforce challenges through the Spring 2023 WA Health Sentinel Survey. Survey results will be shared with key policymakers and other stakeholders to inform the policy development and funding decisions impacting our vital health workforce.
  • Mar 11, 2023

    Court Extends Discovery Period in ADA Lawsuit Against Delta Dental

    In 2019, the ADA filed a class action lawsuit against the Delta Dental Plans and the Delta Dental Plans Association, and in January, the federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois amended its scheduling order to allow the parties additional time to conduct discovery.
  • Mar 10, 2023

    2023 Legislative Session Update: Week 9 (March 6-12)

    March 8 was house of origin cutoff, the third major milestone of the 2023 legislative session. This means that bills, with the exception of those necessary to implement the budget, must have been voted out of their respective chamber by March 8 in order to stay “alive” and move forward in the legislative process. Read for an update on WSDA’s week nine activities in Olympia.
  • Mar 10, 2023

    Employment Security Department Newsletter – March 2023

    Review information and resources from the Employment Security Department (ESD) March 2023 newsletter.
  • Mar 10, 2023

    Washington Dental Practices Target of Rest and Meal Period Lawsuits

    WSDA wants you to be aware that dental offices in our state have been the subject of lawsuits concerning rest and meal periods for employees. Please confirm that you are in compliance with all related requirements.
  • Mar 10, 2023

    Webinar: What Emergency Medicine Providers Want Dentists to Know About Opioids – March 21

    Register for the March 21 webinar "What Emergency Medicine Providers Want Dentists to Know About Opioids," presented by the ADA’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP) Emergency Department Referral Initiative.
  • Mar 8, 2023

    Legal Alert: Is Your Dental Practice in Compliance with Washington’s Rest and Meal Period Requirements?

    WSDA wants you to be aware that dental offices in our state have been the subject of lawsuits concerning rest and meal periods for employees. This legal alert summarizes certain aspects of the current Washington state law regarding rest and meal periods applicable to the non-exempt employees in dental practices.
  • Mar 7, 2023

    2023 Legislative Session Update: Week 8 (Feb. 27-March 5)

    On March 5, the Legislature passed several dental-specific and workforce bills out of the House of Representatives. During week eight, the Legislature devoted their time to debating and voting bills out of their respective chamber of origin. Read for an update on WSDA’s week eight activities in Olympia.
  • Mar 4, 2023

    Review DQAC's Proposed Anesthesia Rules

    For more than three years, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has been working to update Washington state’s dental anesthesia rules. WSDA encourages members to review the proposed rules and submit questions or concerns via email or virtually at DQAC's March 10 business meeting.
  • Mar 4, 2023

    Apply by April 25 for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

    Eligible dentists are able to apply for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program now through April 25, 2023.
  • Mar 4, 2023

    Secretary of Health Mask Order to End April 3

    Effective April 3, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will end the Secretary of Health Statewide Face Covering Order currently in effect for health care (including dental).
  • Mar 2, 2023

    Reminder: Dental Infection Control Requirements

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) previously finalized dental infection control rules in December 2020, and the majority of these rules became effective January 2021. The rules apply to settings wherever dentistry is provided in Washington and include several requirements that dentists must comply with.
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