Can dentists delegate the use of lasers by dental hygienists?

In March 2012, the Dentistry Examining Board approved a position statement allowing den­tists to delegate the use of lasers by dental hygienists as an adjunct to scaling and root planing. Training is required, including a hands-on proficiency course provided by a recognized continuing education sponsor. Documentation of proof of training should be maintained. Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Rw70fa… Continue Reading Can dentists delegate the use of lasers by dental hygienists?

What are the state statutes relating to delegation of duties to a dental assistant?

Chapter 447-Wisconsin Statutes Section 447.065 Delegation of Remediable Procedures and Dental Practices A dentist who is licensed to practice dentistry under this chapter may delegate to an individual who is not licensed under this chapter only the performance of remediable procedures (“remediable procedures” are defined under 447.01(12) as “patient procedures that create changes within the… Continue Reading What are the state statutes relating to delegation of duties to a dental assistant?

What is the scope of practice and limitations for dental hygiene?

According to Chapter 447 of Wisconsin statutes, Section 447.01(3) (a-g), dental hygiene means: (a) Removing supragingival or subgingival calcareous deposits, subgingival cement or extrinsic stains from a natural or restored surface of or a fixed replacement for a human tooth. (b) Deep scaling or root planing a human tooth. (c) Conditioning a human tooth surface… Continue Reading What is the scope of practice and limitations for dental hygiene?

Can a registered dental hygienist see patients of a dental practice without the dentist present?

Chapter 447 – Wisconsin Statutes Section 447.06(2) (c) (1-3) Practice Limitations Yes, only if all of the following conditions are met: Patient gives consent to be treated when the dentist is not on the premises. Hygienist is acting under the written or oral prescription of the dentist. Patient has been examined by the dentist within… Continue Reading Can a registered dental hygienist see patients of a dental practice without the dentist present?

Under what circumstances can administration of local anesthetic be delegated to a dental hygienist?

A dentist can delegate the administration of local anesthetic to a dental hygienist only if ALL of the following criteria have been met: The dental hygienist is certified to administer local anesthetic in Wisconsin under s.447.04(2)(c)1 (certification is obtained from the Dentistry Examining Board – educational requirements are found in DE Rule 7). The delegation… Continue Reading Under what circumstances can administration of local anesthetic be delegated to a dental hygienist?