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 is pursuant to a treatment plan approved by the dentist.
  • The dentist remains on the premises and available to the patient throughout the completion of the entire appointment.

Dental hygienists can obtain the necessary education for obtaining certification in the administration of local anesthetic from a Wisconsin technical college that provides dental hygiene education.