To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in the state of Oklahoma, a dental assistant must obtain a permit from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (OBD). To qualify, one must:
1. Complete a course of study in radiation safety and protection, consisting of a minimum of seven hours, approved by the OBD, AND
2. Submit written verification to the OBD from the applicant’s current employing dentist attesting to competent clinical experience, AND
3. Apply for a Radiation Safety permit from the OBD.
Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level
Every dental assistant in Oklahoma must obtain a Dental Assistant permit from the Board of Dentistry within 30 days of beginning employment. To obtain a permit, one must submit a completed application form and the required fee to the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.
A dental assistant in the state of Oklahoma may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
A dental assistant must receive adequate office-based training by the supervisory dentist to ensure that the dental assistant is aware of all requirements and responsiblities of each duty to be performed.
Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA)
To perform expanded functions in the state of Oklahoma under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must earn status as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA). To qualify, a dental assistant must obtain a permit for each expanded duty that he or she desires to perform.
Permit applicants must complete expanded duty training in each of the desired functions at a CODA-accredited dental assisting program. Available permits are:
Coronal Polishing/Topical Fluoride: A dental assistant must successfully complete an Oklahoma Board-approved course of study, including a clinical component, consisting of a minimum of 14 hours.
Sealants: A dental assistant must successfully earn the Coronal Polishing/Topical Fluoride permit and complete an Oklahoma Board-approved course of study, consisting of a minimum of 12 hours.
Nitrous Oxide: A dental assistant must successfully complete an Oklahoma Board-approved course of study, consisting of a minimum of 12 hours.
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant
Oklahoma passed a new law in the 2013 legislative session creating an oral maxillofacial surgery assistant in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry has not yet defined requirements and scope of practice for the oral maxillofacial surgery assistant.