An RDA (registered dental assistant) may be authorized by permit to provide anesthesia assistant duties under the direct or contiguous supervision of a dentist who is authorized by the Board to provide moderate sedation, and/or provide restorative procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist. A QDA (qualified dental assistant) is not eligible for the expanded functions permit. See Administrative Rule 20-03-01-01.1.
The Board may issue a permit authorizing a registered dental assistant under the direct supervision to provide restorative duties if the applicant successfully completes the following:
- Completes a board approved course;
- Passes the Western Regional Examining Board’s restorative examination or other equivalent examination approved by the Board;
- Completes the restorative function component of the Dental Assisting National Board’s certified restorative functions dental assistant examination.
Restorative procedures allowed under direct supervision of a dentist are as follows:
- Place, carve, and adjust Class I, II and Class V supragingival amalgam or glass ionomer restorations with hand instruments or a slow-speed handpiece;
- Adapt and cement stainless steel crowns;
- Place, contour, and adjust Class I, II and Class V supragingival composite restorations where the margins are entirely within the enamel with hand instruments or a slow-speed handpiece.
Restorative Functions Permit Application
A registered dental assistant may provide anesthesia assistance under the direct supervision of a dentist authorized to provide moderate sedation, once the applicant successfully completes the following:
- Board-approved dental anesthesia assistant education and training course;
- Board-approved competency examination;
- Completion of a training in intravenous access or phlebotomy;
- Has proof of current BLS or ACLS or PALS;
- Provides proof of a general anesthesia permit issued to the OMFS who will be supervising the anesthesia assistant’s services.
A registered dental assistant or a registered dental hygienist who has a Class I Dental Anesthesia Assistant Permit, may provide the following duties under contiguous supervision of a dentist authorized to provide moderate sedation:
- Initiate and discontinue an IV line for a patient being prepared to receive IV medication, sedation or general anesthesia; and
- Adjust the rate of intravenous fluids infusion only to maintain or keep the line patent or open.
A registered dental assistant or a registered dental hygienist who has a Class II Dental Anesthesia Assistant Permit, may provide the following duties under direct visual supervision of an OMFS:
- Draw up and prepare medications;
- Follow instructions to deliver medication into an intravenous line upon verbal command;
- Adjust the rate of intravenous fluids infusion beyond a keep-open rate; and
- Adjust an electronic device to provide medications such as an infusion pump.
Anesthesia Assistant Permit Application
Anesthesia Assistant Courses Accepted by the NDBDE
- The Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) is a two-part 36 hour continuing education program comprised of self-study material and a standardized computer based exam. The course is designed for auxiliary who assist a dentist or OMFS with a valid ND sedation or anesthesia permit. DAANCE certification is valid for five years. To recertify, assistants must retake the DAANCE examination every five years and maintain current BLS and/or ACLS certifications. Note: Online CPR certifications are not accepted.The course meets the requirements for a ND Class I Dental Anesthesia Assistant Permit.
- Sedation Consult, LLC: Allan Schwartz, DDS, CRNA provides a 3 day course, Monitoring Sedation/General Anesthesia & I.V. Certification, for dental hygienists and registered dental assistants who have not taken DAANCE. The course meets the requirements for requirements of ND Class II Dental Anesthesia Assistant Permit.
Expanded Duties - New Rules
Dental practitioners have new rules to play by! The content and structure as well as delivery of duties and procedures have been significantly expanded for dentists, hygienists and registered dental assistants. Administrative Code Title 20 prescribes law, procedures, practice requirements and defines the specific duties for all dental practitioners. New rules are in effect as of April 1, 2015 for dentists, dental hygienists and registered dental assistants.
North Dakota laws governing dentists, dental hygienists and registered dental assistants may be found at:
State Statute - North Dakota Century Code 43-28-01-43-28-27 - Dentist
State Statute - North Dakota Century Code 43-28.1 - Dentist
State Statute - North Dakota Century Code 43-20-01-43-20-12 - Hygienist and Dental Assistant
Contact the Board office if you have questions about the regulations governing the practice of dental hygiene in North Dakota.