New Dentists

Dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago are considered new dentists. The LDA has a Council on the New Dentist and they are dentists with the issues and concerns of new dentists in mind. The council consists of one member from each of the component societies, as well as a chairperson. This council will represent, promote, and support new dentists and dental students. It will also help as a peer and resource with the integration of new dentists into their community and into organized dentistry. Annually, this council works with the Council on Membership and Dental Practice to host functions with the LSU School of Dentistry (LSUSD) students, including Lunch and Learns.

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ADA Resources for New Dentists

The ADA also has new dentist resources available to members, including the New Dentist Blog that features personal stories and insight on the dental profession for new dentists and dental students. For more new dentist resources, visit

LDA Council on the New Dentist Members

Dr. Brent Benoit (Bayou)
(985) 853-1142
Dr. Kristopher P. Rappold
(504) 347-6000
Dr. Whitney Linville
(337) 451-0991

Dr. Mason Liles
(318) 248-4986
Dr. Brent Benoit (chair)
(985) 853-1142
Dr. Benjamin Bell
(985) 626-3348
Dr. Jade Moreau
(318) 481-5233
Dr. Blaine Calahan
(318) 868-0535
Dr. Stephen Sherman
(225) 769-1276
Dr. Gage Ritter
(337) 474-4892

Reference Guide for Louisiana Dentists


Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
365 Canal St., Ste. 2680
New Orleans, LA 70130
(877) 467-4488

The LSBD handles the following: dental license, rules and regulations of dentistry, infection control regulations, anesthesia permits (personal/office) & continuing education.

Drug License Registration

Your state and federal drug license application must be received (and application fee paid) prior to dispensing any prescription drug.

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy
3388 Brentwood Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 925-6496

Drug Enforcement Administration- Three Lakeway Center
3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 1800
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 840-1100

Anesthesia & Analgesia

A permit from the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry is required if you plan on using any of the following: general anesthesia, conscious sedation with parenteral or enteral drugs & nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia.

X-Ray License

A license is needed for x-ray equipment.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Radiation Licensing Section-Permits Division
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 219-3670

Professional Liability Insurance

Fortress is endorsed by the LDA as the professional liability company created by dentists, for dentists


OSHA Regulations

OSHA regulations cover a wide range of safety and health practices in Louisiana workplaces, including dental offices. Visit or call (800) 321-OSHA.Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

This federal law restricts the use of patient info and imposed standard for electronic transmission of health info. Members may purchase a HIPAA Privacy Kit through the ADA by calling (800) 621-8099; other HIPAA compliance tips can be found at or

Americans with Disabilities Act.
This is a federal law that regulates how you treat patients and employees with disabilities. For general information, call the U.S. Justice Department information line at (800) 514-0301.

Dental Office Waste

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality can provide an up-to-date list of permitted infectious waste transporters.  For more information, (888) 763-5424 or Medical Waste Management is the LDA’s endorsed provider of medical waste services and can answer any question. Visit or call (888) 95-waste, ext 810.


Contact your parish & city municipalities for any necessary local licenses, such as an occupational license, local taxes & waste usage fees.