Nevada Passes Legislation Expanding Functions for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists
Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo signed Senate Bill 310 into law on June 15, 2023. The legislation enables the licensure of expanded function dental assistants (EFDAs) and the practice of restorative dental therapy and prescribing capabilities by dental hygienists. Eligible dental assistants who meet certain requirements will be able to perform “educational, preventive, therapeutic, palliative, and restorative treatment of intraoral or extraoral procedures” as EFDAs while under the supervision of a dentist. Dental hygienists who meet the mandated educational requirements will be able to provide restorative care while under the authorization of a dentist. In addition, dental hygienists who earn a certificate from Nevada’s Board of Pharmacy will be able to prescribe topical or systemic prescription medications related to prevention, non-prescription fluoride treatments, antimicrobial mouthrinses, and mouthguards. Click here to read more.