Can an unlicensed dental assistant perform services on patients without a dentist being physically present?
I think it’s impossible. How would he treat you without any knowledge, certification, and experience? I work in a private clinic as a dental assistant, and before starting working there, I had a lot of things to do like graduating from an accredited program, passing an exam, get a certification, you can read more here https://www.exploremedicalcareers.com/dental-assistant/. Usually, a training program takes 1-2 years. So, it’s not easy as you think. You’re working with people and you need to know what the anatomy, sealants, and etc. mean. You take responsibility for your job and for your clients’ health.
This is impossible, because this is an assistant, not a doctor, and if he is not licensed, then in case of any complications you will not be able to make any claims against him. My advice is to contact only trusted experienced dentists and always ask friends or acquaintances about his work. also, watch dental reviews and then you will be well served and have a beautiful smile.
No. A dental assistant not licensed by New York State may not perform patient services independently or perform any tasks that are within the scope of practice of any licensed profession. The unlicensed dental assistant may provide supportive services with a dentist who is personally performing the service or procedure and is physically present at the chairside and attending to the patient. An unlicensed dental assistant acts as an extra pair of hands for the dentist during procedures, performing tasks such as suctioning excess saliva, providing instruments, or holding a matrix strip or curing lamp while the dentist is practicing on the patient. This is often referred to as “four handed dentistry” and may only be performed while the dentist is physically attending to the patient with the dental assistant. An unlicensed dental assistant may not perform any supportive service while the dentist is not physically present at the chairside and attending to the patient. • What other tasks may
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