Orthodontist challenges Arkansas law on services

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Jonesboro orthodontist is suing the Arkansas Dental Examiners Board over a claim that barring him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and X-rays is unconstitutional.

Lawyers for Dr. Benjamin Burris on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Little Rock that names the dental board and its members.

Burris says it is unfair that the law bars orthodontists and other dental specialists from offering non-emergency stand-alone services outside of their specialty. But he says general dentists can offer specialty services without extra training as long as they don't hold themselves out as specialists.

Board attorney Kevin O'Dwyer says he just received the lawsuit and hasn't yet consulted with member of the panel about how to proceed.

Burris wants a judge to find the state restrictions unconstitutional.

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