Wyoming Dental Assistant Requirements

Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures under the indirect supervision of a dentist in Wyoming, a dental assistant must:

(1) Complete a course or examination* in dental radiography approved by the Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners (WBDE), AND

(2) Apply to the WBDE for a dental radiography permit.

*DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam meets the examination requirement.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Assistant

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

Dental assistants may be trained by their employer or by an accredited or WBDE-approved program for dental assistants.

In settings where nitrous oxide anxiolysis, sedation and/or anesthesia are administered, all dental personnel shall be certified in administering Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. A dentist, operating dentist or sedation/anesthesia permit holder may delegate patient monitoring to qualified dental personnel. 

Dental Assistant Qualified in Placement of Pit and Fissure Sealants

To perform placement of pit and fissure sealants under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in Wyoming, a dental assistant must:

(1a) Complete a Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners-approved pit and fissure sealants course meeting specified didactic and clinical requirements OR
(1b) Complete a CODA-accredited dental hygiene or dental assisting program, AND

(2) Submit an application for a Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate and completed checklist demonstration competency and completion of course to the Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners (WBDE).

The WBDE accepts successful performance on DANB's Sealants (SE) exam to meet requirements to earn the Wyoming Pit and Fissure Sealants permit.

DANB's Sealants Exam Application

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