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Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Arkansas, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must be a Registered Dental Assistant who holds a permit in radiography from the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners. To obtain this permit, one must:

1a. Hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or
1b. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, or
1c. Successfully complete and submit a certificate of completion of a radiography course approved by the Board and successfully complete the Arkansas jurisprudence exam and show proof of current certification in Healthcare Provider-level CPR, AND

2. Apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant in the state of Arkansas may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist.

There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

Registered Dental Assistant

A Registered Dental Assistant is a dental assistant who has obtained permit(s) from the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners in one or more of the expanded functions. To be issued a permit for any of the expanded functions (except Sedation Monitoring, which has additional requirements) one must:

1a. Hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or

1b. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, AND

2. Apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for expanded function permits.

Dental assistants who do not meet the above qualifications may still earn Registered Dental Assistant status by applying for one or more of the Expanded Function Permits outlined below.

Expanded Function Permits Requirements

A dental assistant who does not hold current DANB CDA certification and who has not graduated from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program may earn expanded functions permits as follows:

Coronal polishing: To obtain a permit for coronal polishing, an individual must:

1. Successfully complete and submit a certificate of completion of a coronal polishing course approved by the Board and successfully complete the Arkansas jurisprudence exam and show proof of current certification in Healthcare Provider-level CPR, AND

2. Apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.


Administer and monitor nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia: To obtain a permit to monitor nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia, an individual must:

1. Successfully complete an Arkansas Board-approved nitrous oxide administration and monitoring course, AND

2. Submit a copy of the certificate of completion to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, AND

3. Successfully complete the Arkansas jurisprudence exam, AND

4. Hold current Healthcare Provider level CPR certification.


Sedation monitoring: To obtain a permit for sedation monitoring, an individual must:

1. Hold a current permit for nitrous oxide administration, AND

2. Hold current Healthcare Provider level CPR certification, AND

3. Hold current DANB CDA certification (or be a Registered Dental Assistant, a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse), AND

4. Successfully complete the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Anesthesia Assistant’s training program or a Board-approved equivalent course within the two year period immediately previous to submitting an application to be a Sedation Assistant, AND

5. Successfully complete the Arkansas jurisprudence exam, AND

6. Apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Note: To renew a permit to perform expanded functions, Registered Dental Assistants must provide the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners proof of completing two hours of continuing education in infection control every two years.

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