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Wyoming House of Representatives

February 15, 2016

Memo

 

To: Sixty-Third Wyoming House of Representatives
From: Gary W. Vollan L.D.
  P.O. Box 332
  Basin, Wyoming 82410-0332
Date: February 11, 2016
Re:  

Professional Recognition for Wyoming Denturists

   

Representative, thank you for your service. I’m a trained and educated denturist. I started in the dental profession in 1973 as a U.S. Navy dental technician, decorated for service as a Vietnam Veteran. I have three associate degrees, one as a dental lab tech and two in the denturist profession. I have a bachelor’s degree from the U. of Wyoming’s Leadership and Natural Resource program. I’m a licensed Oregon denturist (1993), keeping the required CE’s for maintaining my license thru June of 2016. My credentials will be provided upon request.

This is my eighth year in practice here at Dr. Nelson and Page, P.C., which includes Drs. Gilman, and Basse here in Worland.  I have been to a number of dental offices outside a protective, competitive, radius looking for more work due to the populous limitations in removable oral prostheses (dentures and partials) over the past eight years in Worland. Dentists in Cody and Powell, who have expressed interest in my skills, have expressed fear of opposition from the Wyoming Dental Board if they hire me. So I haven’t found any work outside the Worland area after three years of looking. I need more work. I have student loans to repay along with meeting the needs of my children.

Please consider voting for HB0144 for recognition of the denturist profession here in Wyoming, encouraging other denturist to come to Wyoming for jobs. Currently there are two denture technicians working with dentists in Wyoming who are interested in pursuing the educational requirements to be denturists. Some other points of interest follow.

  • Denturists and their specialty; being trained and educated in providing a service which saves dentists chairtime, for restorative, emergency, and time for children’s dental care, especially in rural Wyoming with limited dentists and large case loads.
  • Denturists do procedures and related activities pertaining to design, construction and fitting of removables (dentures and partials) for the fully or partially edentulous patient. Denturists communicate removables relating to patient needs.
  • Denturists encourage dentists to work with the elderly edentulous patient; having a denturist specialist to deal with problem cases, economic barriers, and Medicaid in reference to removables. Most dentists would rather work other segments of dentistry. Many dentists find removables time consuming with limited revenue. Time and money are saved due to the denturist’s productive service. Most patients can’t afford prosthodontists.
  • The edentulous population will continue to level off for decades, due to the public health epidemic of periodontal disease and the need for more “preventive” dental education in the lower elementary grades; showing the need for a bigger dental workforce not just in Wyoming but nationally; which should include denturists, dental therapists, and more independence for the hygienists; an outstanding profession.

 

 

References:

http://www.oregondenturist.org/professionals/becoming-a-denturist/
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Denturist/LicenseRequirements
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/denturist
http://americandenturistcollege.uberflip.com/i/458290-cohort-7-winter-2016-school-catalog-r1
https://denturist.wordpress.com/

http://nationaldenturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/NDA_Winter_2015_Magazine.pdf

http://nationaldenturist.com/events

http://www.wyomingstatedenturistassociation.org/

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

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Fragmentize the Dental Professions to Meet the Oral Healthcare Needs of Americans

November 16, 2013

 

Too many Americans deal with little or no oral healthcare until the onset of aggressive periodontitis and pain; limiting their treatment options.

We need dental hygienists at schools and public health facilities. We need independent practices for dental hygienists nationally, so hygienists can have the freedom to work independently on the public health level providing services where needed, especially for oral health education in the early years of the public school systems.

We need dental therapists/dental health aide therapists for extended hands on dental procedures through dental teams working convalescent/retirement facilities, prisons, and Indian reservations.

We need denturists, providing removable oral prostheses care and referral services; freeing up dental chairtime for children, emergency, and restorative care.

We need more rural community health/dental clinics including mobile dental units traveling to rural areas.

We need ADA to change its existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues and exchange them for common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health organizations.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Removing Dr. or D.D.S. on Google Sites Which My Name, Gary W. Vollan Appears

July 1, 2011

My name is Gary W. Vollan. I’m a licensed denturist and for over three years I have worked with four excellent and professional dentists and the awesome staff associated with this dental office in Wyoming. In some of the google sites my name sometimes appears with Dr. in front of it or D.D.S. at the end of it. There is a dentist complaining about this outside of the dental group I work with. This is a concern with the dentists I work with because the complaining dentist is threatening to file a complaint with the Wyoming Dental Board against the dental group I work with. How can I get this correction made with the Google sites associated with this. I have never claimed or advertised to be a doctor or dentist. Thank you for your consideration in helping me with this problem.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
Basin, Wyoming
vollan@tctwest.net

Dentists Oppose Wyoming Denturist Bill SF49 Moving Forward

February 4, 2011

Wyoming Denturist Bill SF49 Moving Forward February 4, 2011

The hearing Monday for the denturist bill, SF49 went well with Senator Geis testifying, then Representative Quarberg, and then myself. The room was full of dentists and their associates. As expected they gave unsupportive testimony for denturist and oral health issues, yet the state dental boards and the American Dental Association continues to allow oral piercings to take place in our children’s mouths across our Nation. Denturists do no invasive or irreversible procedures.

The dentists once again attacked our denturist education program at Bates Technical School as not being accredited knowing that the American Dental Association’s accreditation agency, CODA, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (seal of approval), will not accredit a denturist program. There was no mention that Bates is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Education. The dentists accused the denturist profession of being in a non-progressive state; this being in response to Chairman Scott asking two of the dentists, “with Montana and Idaho and four other states regulating denturists, what was their opinion of the future of the denturist profession”. Chairman Scott suggested that the dentist find ways to make this work, the dentists responded that there wasn’t a need for denturists and they weren’t interested.

The dentists that testified represented the Wyoming Dental Board, the Wyoming Dental Association and one dentist referred to his generational decades of dental practice. Not one dentist mentioned denturist legislation introduced in Kentucky and other states like Maine that improves the existing denture delivery system. They never mentioned, the court cases taking place across our nation, with denturists and their families fighting state dental boards so they can provide denturists services they’ve been trained and educated to provide. They didn’t mention the progressive state of our graduates from Bates and the denturist colleges across Canada that work with community clinics and convalescent centers in regulated states, to provide affordable denture care. They didn’t mention the many denture laboratory technicians across our Nation who work for dentists for low competitive fees; having to bushwhack dentures on the side to friends and friends of friends so they’re able to make a living.

The dentists that testified never mentioned the many economically disadvantaged people that would never step across their dental office threshold for denture care because they know they can’t afford their denture services but these same people will go to the denturist. The dentists did not mention that denturists are on the front lines of oral health care in recognizing healthy tissue and referring these people out to a dentists, oral surgeons or medical doctors that will empathize with their economic situation. The dentists didn’t mention the states work associated with the success and reputation of regulating the denturist profession, that includes referral service between denturists and other professions, licensing, compliance, and continuing education all working together for the patients best interest. This is all about a progressive profession.

After the testimonies the vote was to make amendments to the bill then take a vote on Wednesday. The bill was trimmed down to denturist working with dentists and denturists have to be licensed as denturists and it was passed out of committee with a 3 to 2 vote. It goes to the Senate floor Friday, to be voted on. It isn’t much when it passes in representing the needs of affordable denture care because we will be under the dentists overhead, however, quality denture care will be addressed and as most denturists know, quality denture care is a shortcoming for most dentists. They don’t have the chair-time that is needed for dentures. So please consider this as an opportunity, a foot in the door for denturists who want to live in Wyoming. I see it as a reason to celebrate; the Wyoming State Legislator’s recognition of the denturist profession. The Wyoming Silver Haired Legislators have worked hard to lobby the cause. Representative Quarberg and Senator Geis have worked hard to bring the bill forward for the sixth legislative session and I’m thankful to the Senate, Labor, Health and Social Service Committee. A good number of Wyoming people have worked hard to show the need for the denturist profession. There is still a lot of work to do after SF49 passes. I’m a praying man and I’m ready to go to work.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
http://www.wysda.org

Wyoming SF0038 Dies; Regulating Denturists for Wyoming People: What will be wrong?

February 16, 2010

More adherences to the Surgeon General’s Oral Health Care Plan

More oral health checks

More abnormalities referred out to specialists

More denture care will take place due to accessibility and affordability

More will eat and live healthier due to having dentures that are functional

More job readiness for those in recovery programs due to dentures and esthetic reasons

More job creations due to hiring denturists and denturist’s offices hiring

More state revenue due to denturists licensing

More dentist chairtime being freed for children, restorative, cosmetic and emergency procedures

More denture care providers to service those at nursing homes and other institutions

More denturists trained and educated at one of Wyoming’s junior colleges

What will be wrong? Nothing more than a little turf issue with the American Dental Association and a few dentists.

http://www.wysda.org

American Dental Association’s Anti Denturist Policy – Denturist Data Not Available Through Federal Agencies – Transparency?

February 15, 2010

Denturist data is not available through federal agencies even though the Denturist Profession has been regulated in six states some for over 30 years. The American Dental Association Policy Handbook clearly outlines the act to suppress the denturist profession and intimidate dental suppliers of dental material to denturists. The American Dental Association and American Medical Association spend big dollars suppressing competition by lobbying against legislation to regulate Alternative Healthcare Professions. A good example of this is the recent federal legislation the American Dental Association lobbied against regarding the Dental Health Aide Therapists Program being expanded outside of Alaska that ADA fought Alaska to suppress.

There are several other programs that would be beneficial to the American people allowing them accessible and affordable healthcare. Due to the fact that these programs or professions are not supported by the American Dental Association and American Medical Association they are not registered with federal and state government agencies. No data is available for these professions. For example, I’m an educated licensed denturist that has fought long and hard for recognition and the right to provide the services associated with the denturist profession to provide affordable, oral prostheses care or denture care directly to the public.

The data for the denturist profession is not listed on federal registries as an occupation or profession even though I and a number of my colleagues over the years have requested acknowledgement of the denturist profession to be included for statistical and informational purposes. The denturist profession was not included in the new addition of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook again, even though it’s been regulated in six U.S. states providing jobs and services for over 30years in Oregon and Idaho.

I have contacted the Department of Labor over the past three years along with other federal agencies DOC, HHS, DOJ, CDC, FTC, IHS, BLS and AHRQ to have matters of discussion regarding the denturist profession for listing or registration. Montana, Arizona, Maine and Washington State regulate and license denturists. When talking to the different federal agencies I have cited the American Freedom of Information Act in hopes of gaining the information and recognition for the denturist profession but not much has happened.

As a student at the University of Wyoming, doing a paper, I have requested information from several federal agencies and the American Dental Association regarding information about my profession as a denturist. I’m told there is no information available through the federal agencies and the ADA tells me they can’t provide the information to me because I’m not a dentist member.

The American people should have statistic and informational data regarding the success and benefits of the denturist profession as alternative oral healthcare providers, in order to consider national licensure of the denturist profession across the nation as it is in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries. Thank you for your consideration.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
vollan@tctwest.net
P.O. Box 332
Basin, Wyoming 82410
http://www.wysda.org