There are any number of reasons why dentists would want to move from one state to another. The needs you have now may have changed since you began your practice, and you might be thinking about moving and what that might involve.
The level of difficulty dentists experience has a lot to do with the particular states they are practicing in and where they will be relocating. The process is simpler between states that have reciprocity. However, until there is universal licensure, there are some hoops to jump through. If you’re wondering about specific requirements, here is a PDF from the ADA that may answer some of your questions.
It can take a lot of legwork to get sedation, insurance, Medicaid, and other credentials in place, so it’s advised that dentists start the process as early as possible, well in advance of the anticipated move. You’ll have to wait while paperwork gets notarized, board scores get mailed, and the application is processed. It’s recommended that dentists reach out to the state associations of both their current and ultimate locations. Here is a map with contact information for each state association.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in another state, but don’t know where to start, the ADA CareerCenter is the place to go.
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