OPEN HOUSE: Amaus Dental Clinic February 10th and 11th

You are invited to the Amaus Dental Clinic Open House Today and Tomorrow!

Please stop by and see our newly renovated 1,000 square feet of clinic that is now open and operational on Friday, Feb 10th from 1 – 6 pm, and Saturday, Feb 11th from 10 – 2 pm.

About Amaus Dental Clinic:

Syracuse is a dentally underserved area. The population in the zip codes of the city do not have enough dentists in practice there to meet the needs of the population. In addition, the Surgeon General’s Reports on Healthy People 2010 and Healthy People 2020 identify dental caries and other dental problems as one of the top goals in each of the decades referenced. The need is acute in underserved areas. The Affordable Health Care Act lacks a dental component and even if some patients have Medicaid there are not enough providers who accept it. We are attempting to
address urgent needs for the poor and uninsured or underinsured who have no other options.

We are the only agency in Central New York that provides free dental care. Many dental providers realize that they have a responsibility to the less fortunate. They will go on missions to Honduras, Africa or Appalachia to meet this responsibility. They also realize that there are patients in Onondaga County who need care. For many reasons, providers are unwilling to bring these patients into their private practices. We have taken a “build it and they will come” approach. We have constructed a three treatment room facility that is well equipped and approximates what you have in
your private practices. You can volunteer your time here in Syracuse instead of traveling many miles.

The project is divided into two phases. Phase I includes renovation of space adjacent to current clinic. This includes three treatment rooms, sterilization center, digital panorex x-ray,  administrative area, waiting room, staff area, and storage area. It also includes the necessary dental equipment to make this area functional. This area is fully funded ($187,000) and construction is complete. Phase II is aimed at providing the technology necessary to support this practice. This includes practice management software, digital x-ray support, computers, keyboards, monitors, server and training. This phase is funded ($30,000). Funding sources for both phases include: Allyn Foundation, John Ben Snow Foundation, Reisman Foundation, Patterson Dental Foundation, and the Community Foundation of CNY. We have received cash and equipment donations from local dentists and other individuals. These donations total over $144,000 plus $70,000 in used equipment. BOTH PHASES ARE COMPLETE!!

Three dentists and two hygienists have been providing free dental care to the citizens of Central New York since August 2014. This care has been and will be provided at 259 East Onondaga Street in downtown Syracuse. The scope of this care includes examinations, cleanings, fillings and extractions. We have provided over $100,000 of free care. We have no personnel costs as everyone is a volunteer. In addition to the project costs, we have accumulated $10,000 in operating funds.

This project will enable us to support more volunteer dental professionals. We have three more volunteer dentists who will start in March! This in turn will enable us to enlarge our patient base. By the end of 2017, our appointments available should triple with a similar increase in the number of patients treated and care provided. With 300 dentists in Onondaga County, if 10% donated one afternoon per month, we would reach that goal.

The support of the members the Fifth District Dental Society and the Onondaga County Dental Society is critical in insuring the ongoing success of this project. Your professional support will help many of our neighbors in Onondaga County who have no other access to care. We have built our “field of dreams.” Please donate your time and talent to make this model succeed!

Questions? Please contact Dr. David Dasher at

For more information:

Amaus Dental Services

421 South Warren Street, Suite 202

Syracuse, NY  13202


Recent changes in requirements for Mandatory Continuing Education and Licensure.

Dentists must now complete 60 hours of approved formal continuing education each triennial registration period. This requirement is prorated for dentists whose registration period is after July 1, 2008. A total of 18 hours may be self-instructional course work or home study as approved by the NYSED.

Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics – This minimum three-hour course covering the ethical aspects related to the practice of dentistry in New York is required on a one-time basis. This course can be taken by going to the New York State Dental Foundation website.

Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) became law January 1. You are required to continually maintain certification in the course of your choice. North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp (NAVAC) and the Fifth District have coordinated to hold courses in the Professional Grade CPR (AHA) in all our counties. Please call 315-458-7514 for more information. Dental_Requirement_for_CPR_Certification

Infection Control – Required to be taken every four years (OSHA). A home-study course may be purchased from the NYS Dental Foundation website.

Oral Cancer/Tobacco Cessation – Dentists must complete a 2 hour course in the oral health effects of tobacco and its products with prevention and detection of oral cancer. This is a one-time requirement. If you have taken the Oral Cancer Detection and Prevention course offered by the NYS Dental Foundation, you have completed this requirement.

Risk Management- While not required for re-licensure, taking a risk management course can provide malpractice premium reductions up to 10% per year for a three year period. Please check with your carrier to see what courses they accept.

Scam Alert! Caller Poses as NYSED, OPD or FBI

The NYSED Dental Board Office is receiving an increase in phone calls by licensee’s saying they have received a call stating the caller is either OPD, the NYSED Board or the FBI saying the dentist’s license is in jeopardy.  These scammers have spoofed the Department’s number 518-474-3817.  Additionally, if the Board staff does call a member, 518-474-3817 is NOT the number that would be seen on their caller ID.

Three New Requirements for Prescription Drugs In Effect

If you prescribe or dispense medication in New York, you must be aware of three important changes effective on March 30th and August 27, 2013, and March 27, 2015:

1. Patient English Language Proficiency – Effective March 30, 2013

As of March 30, 2013, all prescriptions must indicate whether a patient lacks proficiency in English and, if so, the language in which they are proficient. New prescription forms are available at no charge from the NYS Department of Health. Alternately, the prescriber may simply note on the prescription that a patient is not proficient in English and the language of proficiency. If the patient is English proficient no further action is necessary.

2. Controlled Substance Registry – Effective August 27, 2013

As of August 27, 2013, all doctors prescribing or dispensing a Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance in any quantity must query a new controlled drug Registry. To access the Registry, you must establish an online Health Commerce System (HCS) account. (see below) All doctors who directly dispense any controlled substance in any Schedule in any quantity to a patient must input into the registry the information concerning the controlled drug they directly dispensed to that patient.

Setting up HCS Account Guides:

Health Commerce System (HCS) Account for Licensed Medical Professionals

How to Access the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry

Health Commerce System (HCS) Account for Unlicensed Professionals

3. Mandatory E-Prescribing – Effective March 27, 2015

Beginning March 27, 2015, all prescriptions, including all controlled substances, must be transmitted electronically – paper prescriptions will no longer be acceptable (there are extremely rare exceptions not generally applicable for most dentists).

New York’s I-STOP legislation establishes new requirements for all doctors prescribing a Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance or dispensing any controlled substance in any Schedule in any quantity. The NYS Department of Health (DOH) has begun establishing a Prescription Monitoring Program Registry (the Registry). The Registry is designed to curb abuse of prescription controlled drugs. The Registry is scheduled to go into effect on August 27, 2013. In order to prescribe or dispense any Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance after August 27, 2013, you must be able to access the Registry.

Beginning on August 27, doctors must consult the Registry before prescribing any Schedule II, III, or IV drug to a patient. The Registry will contain a minimum of a six month patient controlled substance history and a maximum of a five year history that the prescriber can review. The I-STOP law does allow for a health care professional to designate a person to access and consult the Registry on his or her behalf – but the health care professional always remains legally responsible for the result and conduct of that process by the designee.

Pharmacists will input information from all the controlled substance prescriptions they fill. Any health care provider who actually dispenses any controlled substance on any Schedule to a patient, in any quantity, will also be obligated to input that drug dispensing information into the Registry.

Prescribers will access the Registry through the Health Commerce System (HCS) online account that they already use for renewing and issuing official New York State prescription forms. While many dentists now opt to do those renewals via paper, the only way you will be able to access the Registry is via the HCS online account system.

If you fail to sign up for the Registry, you will lose the ability to prescribe any Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance, as well as the ability to dispense any controlled substance directly to a patient. Your license to practice will also be at risk from the Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) if you attempt to evade or violate the Registry system.

For further information on the HCS online account system, go to: or call the HCS account system at either: 866-529-1890, option 1; or 866-811-7957, option 1. They can also answer your questions about the Registry as it progresses toward the August 27, 2013, go-live date.