In the Main Menu, click Setup, Security.

Setting up security for the Open Dental program will help protect patient data and track user access. This is an important component of a security plan as well as a requirement for HIPAA compliance.

See our video: Security and User Permissions Webinar.

Also see: Permissions.

Tracking authorized use of Open Dental: Every time a user logs in, logs off or closes Open Dental, an entry is created in the Audit Trail. Another option is to use the Windows audit feature. Set up Windows so that each user is required to log in separately, then use the Security Log to view valid and invalid log attempts. To view the Windows audit log go to This PC, right-click and choose Manage, expand Event Viewer, expand Windows Logs, and click Security.

Toolbar Options

Global Security Settings: Click to open Global Security Settings.

CEMT Users: Only shows when CEMT users are enabled for the database. Opens the Central User Edit window.
Double-click a user, or highlight a user then click Edit, to open the User Edit window. When accessed, CEMT Users can have an employee, provider, or DoseSpot ID associated.


User Filters: Adjust filters to show only users matching the criteria in the Users list below.

Users: A list of all users that meet the User Filter criteria. Double-click to Edit a User. Below is additional information on the Users grid:

Add User: Click to create a new user.

Copy User: Highlight a user, then click to make a copy. Information copied includes user group, permissions, clinic restrictions, and alert subscriptions. This is useful when adding a new user with similar permissions and setup to an existing user. When copied, you will be prompted to create a password. Create a password or click OK to skip. Once created, edit the copied user as needed.

User Groups for: Displays users groups associated with the selected user.

Effective permissions for user: A read-only list of the user group's assigned permissions (Checked = allowed, Unchecked = not allowed). To change a user group's assigned permissions, click the User Groups tab.