Dental Board

News and Announcements

Friendly Reminder to Adhere to Prescribing Laws and Rules

Friendly Reminder to Adhere to Prescribing Laws and Rules

This is a friendly reminder to ensure that you are aware and adhering to Ohio’s Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) statute, updated rule 4715-6-01, Standards and Procedures for Review of OARRS, and opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team.  For your convenience, related documents are attached to this letter. 

As you already know, prescription opioids are a significant contributor to unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio.  Dentists have an opportunity to lead the way in preventing prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose incidents.  In this regard, we strongly urge you to please follow all applicable laws and rules along with leveraging a potpourri of tools at your disposal.  Some of these tools consist of:

• Acute prescribing video at
Prevention of prescription opioid abuse: The role of the dentist - University of Kentucky 
Prescriber guidelines at
OARRS website at 
Printable pocket cards for prescribers at
Online video tutorial for prescribers at
Online video tutorials on how to register, run and read a patient report in the OARRS system at

Please understand that it is the intention of the Dental Board to fully enforce all applicable OARRS laws and rules through a new monthly OARRS monitoring protocol being established.  Data from OARRS will be reviewed for non-compliance indicators that may lead to an inquiry for a marginal concern and an investigation for a substantial concern.  

Thanking you in advance for your anticipated support in Ohio’s fight against prescription opioid abuse.


Marybeth D. Shaffer, DMD                                                                     Harry N. Kamdar, MBA

Board President                                                                                       Executive Director

Update to OARRS Rule

 Standards and procedures for review of Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS)


STEP 1 - Click on the following link and complete the exercise:

STEP 2 - In order to receive a C.E. acknowledgement, please send an email to

License Number Format Changed

With the Board’s transition to the State of Ohio’s a new online elicensing system, license numbers now have six digits (rather than five) after the credential prefix.  For example, a dentist who had license number 30.12345 will now have license number 30.012345.  If you are searching for a licensee through the “verify a license search” on the elicensing website, you will need to enter all six digits that appear after the credential prefix.  You can continue to search by first and last name.  If you have any problems with the search, please call the Board office at 614-466-2580.

Wall Certificates and License renewal Receipt Cards

This will be in effect as of 08/25/16.  

GCOAT Opioid Prescribing Video Exercise

The GCOAT prescribing video link that was sent to individual prescribers via email has now expired. Please use the link above before August 31, 2016 to watch the video and answer the questions.  You will receive two hour of continuing education credits for this exercise. After completing the exercise, please email Zach Russell at who, in return, will e-mail you certificate of completion awarding you two hours of continuing education credit. 

eLicense Ohio Launched

Once the new system launches on August 22, 2016, all applications and renewals will need to be completed online.  The Board will no longer be accepting paper applications or paper checks once the new elicensing system is active.

The new eLicense portal is only supported by Google Chrome browser

Outage eLicense Ohio

August 19th to August 22nd (Friday to Monday)
Continuous outage from 6:00 pm Friday until 8:00 am on Monday

GCOAT Continuing Education Credit

Attached is the list of dentist that have completed and earned two (2) credit hours of C.E.   

Weekly Update: 
As of August 12, 2016

Last day to file paper applications: August 10, 2016

If you are submitting a new application, please submit your paper application by the end of the day on August 10, 2016.  This will help prevent your application from getting delayed due to transition from the old elicensing system to the new elicensing system.

Special Note: The Board will be unable to issue any licenses between August 15, 2016-August 19, 2016, while we transition to the new elicensing system.  We apologize for the inconvenience and we will make every effort to ensure that applications are processed timely once the new system goes live on August 22, 2016.

Once the new system launches on August 22, 2016, all applications and renewals will need to be completed online.  The Board will no longer be accepting paper applications and paper checks once the new elicensing system is active.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board at (614) 466-2580 or email us at