In more than 15 years as a practicing hygienist, Sage Dental Management said, Mattingly has risen to the top of her field and proven herself a leader and advocate for dental patients and providers alike.
The company also cited Mattingly’s dedication to advancing the use of technology, including artificial intelligence and teledentistry.
Mattingly oversees operations and manages a team of more than a hundred hygienists across Sage Dental Management’s 65 practices. She also has served as president of the Georgia Dental Hygienists Association.
Additionally, Mattingly was instrumental in the development and passage of Georgia House Bill 154, which enabled dental hygienists to provide oral health services such as sealants and tooth cleanings under the general supervision of licensed dentists in safety net settings to improve access to care. The bill also allowed hygienists to provide prophylaxis cleanings to patients in private practice under general supervision. It was signed into law by then Governor Nathan Deal in 2017.
“Misty’s appointment to the Georgia Board of Dentistry is an extraordinary accomplishment and a recognition of her tremendous commitment to patient care and to the dental hygiene profession,” said Thomas Marler, Sage Dental Management president and CEO.
“We are very proud of Misty and confident that the Board and the residents of Georgia will benefit from her compassion, her extensive dental knowledge, her track record of patient care innovations, and her drive to improve oral health,” said Marler.
As a member of the Board, Mattingly will represent the interests of hygienists and patients throughout the state and continue to advocate for policy changes that protect the citizens of Georgia and encourage public health, Sage Dental Management said.
The Board includes 11 members appointed by the governor, including nine dentists, one dental hygienist, and one consumer.
As part of her mission to advocate for necessary changes and advance the profession, Sage Dental Management said, Mattingly is committed to ensuring Georgia dental practices are governed through the most up to date guidelines, including those for preventing periodontal disease, as well as promoting better patient education about the importance of dental hygiene and regular dental visits.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be invited to sit on the Georgia Board of Dentistry and represent the Georgia hygiene community,” said Mattingly.
“In order to improve care in our state, hygienists needed a voice that represents the discipline and value that dental hygiene brings to the Georgia community. It is an exciting time for dentistry, and I am delighted to contribute to the board,” Mattingly said.
As vice president of hygiene operations at Sage Dental Management, Mattingly has implemented various protocols to improve the standard of oral care, including regular oral cancer screenings, fluoride varnish, and needle-free anesthesia.
Prior to joining the company in 2018, Mattingly was COO of Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Associates in Marietta, Georgia. Under her leadership, the company improved revenue, increased new patient count, and enhanced the patient experience, Sage Dental Management said.