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Dental License Defense Attorney

Get Help Protecting Your Career and Reputation from an Experienced Dental License Lawyer

As a dentist, dental hygienist, or oral surgeon, your license is critical to your livelihood. As a result, you need to protect yourself by all means possible. If your license is at risk, it is important that you speak with an experienced dental license defense attorney as soon as possible.

At Oberheiden P.C., we represent licensed dentists, dental assistants, and other licensed dental professionals in all professional licensing-related matters. We also provide legal counsel and representation for civil and criminal proceedings involving allegations of malpractice, unprofessional conduct, billing fraud, and other dental professional civil and criminal violations, including violations of the Dental Practice Act. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental license or dental practice, our attorneys can provide the advice and insights you need, and we encourage you to contact us promptly for a complimentary and confidential consultation.

Issues That Can Put Your Dental License at Risk

Dentists, dental hygienists, and oral surgeons can face professional licensing risks in virtually all aspects of their practice. In some cases, your activities outside of work can put your dental license in jeopardy as well. We provide effective legal representation for all types of dental licensing matters, including (but not limited to) those involving allegations of:

  • Medicaid Billing Violations – Dental practices that bill Medicaid must strictly comply with the program’s billing rules, restrictions, and requirements. Upcoding, unbundling, and billing for ineligible dental services are all common violations that can lead to accusations of ethical violations and professional discipline. 
  • Tricare Dental Program (TDP) Billing Violations – The same is true for Tricare Dental Program (TDP) billing violations. Dental practices that bill the TDP must ensure that they have adequate billing compliance protocols in place, as violations can lead not only to liability for recoupments and other TDP-related penalties, but to professional disciplinary action as well. 
  • Private Insurance and Patient Billing Violations – Dental practitioners can also face disciplinary action as a result of alleged private insurance and patient billing violations. Billing at inflated rates, double-billing, and other similar types of alleged violations can raise ethical concerns that trigger investigations by practitioners’ state dental boards. 
  • Dental Negligence and Malpractice – Allegations of dental negligence and malpractice are among the most common causes of dental board disciplinary proceedings. Even when these allegations are completely unfounded, dentists and other licensed practitioners must work with an experienced dental license defense lawyer to protect themselves from unnecessary and unwarranted consequences. 
  • Improper Prescription Medication Practices – Improper prescription medication practices are a leading cause of dental board disciplinary proceedings as well. Like all healthcare providers, dental practices must strictly comply with all applicable state and federal controlled substances laws, and they must ensure that they only prescribe and dispense medications to patients who truly need them. Billing for allegedly unnecessary prescriptions can trigger disciplinary proceedings (in addition to state or federal law enforcement proceedings) as well. 
  • Improper Documentation or Recordkeeping Practices – Proper documentation and recordkeeping are essential to effective dental practice compliance management. Oftentimes, dentists and other licensed practitioners will face disciplinary action not because they have engaged in non-compliant practices or ethical violations, but because they cannot affirmatively demonstrate compliance when faced with serious allegations. 
  • Alcohol and Drug Use – Dentists and other licensed dental practitioners can also face disciplinary action due to alcohol and drug use. This is true for alcohol and drug use both on and off the clock. If you are struggling with substance dependence, there are programs and other options available, and a dental license lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. can help you do what is best for your health and your career. 

These are just examples. Regardless of the specific allegations you are facing, our license defense attorneys can help you make informed decisions and provide the legal representation you need. We have extensive experience representing dental practitioners and other licensed healthcare providers across the United States, and we can use our experience to help protect you to the fullest extent possible.

How a Dental License Attorney at Oberheiden P.C. Can Help

Our attorneys provide experienced legal representation for all dental licensing matters. We also defend dentists, dental hygienists, and oral surgeons in civil and criminal legal proceedings, and we provide dental practice compliance services as well. With this in mind, here are just some of the ways we can help you:

1. Overseeing the Dental Board’s Investigation

If you are facing a dental board investigation by the Dental Board’s Enforcement Unit, our attorneys can oversee the investigation and help steer it toward a favorable resolution. Once you engage Oberheiden P.C. to represent you, our attorneys will promptly intervene in the investigation and begin working with you to build your defense.

2. Seeking a Resolution that Avoids the Need for a Dental Board Hearing

As your defense counsel, we will work to resolve your dental board investigation without the need for administrative hearings—provided that it is in your best interests to do so. We have helped many of our clients resolve professional disciplinary investigations without any consequences, and we have negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of our clients in numerous cases as well.

3. Preparing for Your Dental Board Hearing

If fighting the allegations against you is your best option under the circumstances at hand, we will help you thoroughly prepare for your dental board hearing. We will make sure you know exactly what to expect, and we will build a hearing defense strategy focused on leaving the board with no choice but to rule in your favor.

4. Representing You at Your Dental Board Hearing

We provide representation for dental board hearings across the United States. When your hearing date arrives, our attorneys will represent you before your dental licensing board, present all available evidence in your defense, and argue for a resolution that protects your ability to practice.

5. Filing an Appeal if Necessary

Our dental license defense lawyers also handle appeals as necessary. We represent both new and existing clients on appeal; and, if you are facing loss of your dental license (whether temporarily or permanently), we can fight your license suspension or revocation through all necessary levels of the appellate process, including before an administrative law judge if necessary.

6. Providing Representation for Any Related Civil or Criminal Matters

Along with dental board disciplinary proceedings, we also represent dentists and other licensed dental practitioners in related civil and criminal matters. If you are facing allegations of dental malpractice, Medicaid or TDP billing fraud, or any other civil or criminal violation, we can use our experience to help protect you by all means available.

7. Helping You Build and Maintain a Compliant Dental Practice

In addition to providing defense representation for dentists and other licensed dental practitioners, we provide dental practice compliance services as well. Our attorneys can evaluate your practice’s current compliance protocols and help you implement any updates or modifications that are necessary to establish and document compliance on an ongoing basis.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

FAQs: Facing Professional Discipline or Legal Scrutiny as a Licensed Dental Practitioner

When Should I Talk to a Dental License Attorney?

You should talk to a dental license attorney any time you have compliance-related concerns or you are facing allegations that could jeopardize your practice. In both these scenarios, a prompt response can be critical; and, the sooner you hire an attorney to represent you, the sooner your attorney can get to work protecting your practice.

When Is My Dental License at Risk?

Dentists, dental hygienists, and oral surgeons can face professional licensing action in a wide range of circumstances. Accusations of malpractice, billing fraud, prescription-related violations, and numerous other issues can lead to high-risk disciplinary proceedings.

Can a Dental License Attorney Represent Me Before My State’s Dental Board?

Yes, if you are facing disciplinary action, you can hire a dental license attorney to represent you before your state’s dental board. An experienced dental license attorney will be able to provide effective representation during the dental board’s investigation, negotiate for a settlement on your behalf as warranted, and represent you at your disciplinary hearing if necessary.

Do I Need a Dental License Attorney to Represent Me Before My State’s Dental Board?

While you aren’t required to hire an attorney to represent you before your state’s dental board, doing so is strongly recommended. There are several ways an experienced dental license attorney will be able to help, and you do not want to take any unnecessary chances if your dental license is in jeopardy.

How Do I Find a Qualified Dental License Attorney?

If you need a dental license attorney, it is important to look for counsel with a significant amount of relevant experience. At Oberheiden P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience representing dental practitioners and other licensed healthcare providers, and we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation to decide if we are the right firm for you.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with a Dental License Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.

If you need an experienced dental license attorney, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation at Oberheiden P.C. To speak with one of our senior attorneys in confidence as soon as possible, call 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online today.

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