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Certified dental assistants can provide these services based on instructions provided in the course of the procedure by a licensed dentist who remains in the dental office where the supportive services are being performed. The supervising dentist must personally diagnose the condition to be treated, personally authorize the procedure, and evaluate the services provided by the certified dental assistant before the patient leaves the office.
Yes, a licensed dental hygienist or dentist, a dental assistant who has been issued a limited permit to practice, or a student in a dental hygiene program or a dental assisting program registered by the New York State Education Department as meeting the educational requirement for licensure may also perform these functions as part of that course of study. No other person may provide these services.
Currently licensed New York State certified dental assistants must be able to provide these additional supportive services and other professional duties competently. Additional educational and training may be required to competently provide these services.
Yes. All supportive services performed by New York State licensed certified dental assistants may be performed by currently registered dental hygienists under a dentist's supervision. The Regulations clarify which of the six new services, as well as which of three previously approved services, are required to be provided under the general or personal supervision of a licensed dentist.
The three new and three previously approved dental services that may be performed under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist are:
take impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards
place and remove temporary separating devices
place orthodontic ligatures
select and prefit provisional crowns (previously approved service)
select and prefit orthodontic bands (previously approved service)
remove orthodontic arch wires and ligature ties (previously approved service)
Personal supervision means that the supervising dentist must be in the dental office or facility and must diagnose the condition to be treated, personally authorize the procedure, and personally examine the patient when the treatment is completed and before the patient leaves the office or facility.
New York State licensed dental hygienists must be able to perform these new supportive services and all other professional duties competently. Additional education and training may be required to competently provide these services.