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Dental Assistants

Kentucky does not require licensure for dental assistants; however, they should be registered through their employer dentist. Registered dental assistants are auxiliary​ staff who are deemed registered when the dentist employer reports their names on the Online Dental License Renewal every biennium. If you are a dental assistant, you do not complete a registration. You only become a "registered dental assistant" if your employer dentist lists your name on the Dentist Online​ License Renewal.

The employer dentist will also report which assistants have completed Board approved educational requirements for:

  • Coronal Polishing
  • Radiography
  • IV Placement

If you are a dentist employer, no action needs to be taken to register any auxiliary staff until you complete your Online Dental License Renewal.

Expanded Duties

An Expanded Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA) or similar title is not a specifically recognized certification under Kentucky law. Dental assistants who receive formalized training or education in an expanded duty may perform that function under the direct supervision of their employer dentist.

Pursuant to KRS 313.045(5) and KRS 313.050(1), dental assistants and dental auxiliaries are permitted to perform only those procedures that do not require the professional competence of a licensed dentist or a licensed dental hygienist.

Pursuant to KRS 313.045(8) and KRS 313.050(2), dental assistants and dental auxiliaries are permitted to take radiographs with the requisite education, training, and experience.

Pursuant to KRS 313.045(6), dental assistants are only permitted to perform coronal polishing with the requisite education, training, and experience.

Pursuant to 201 KAR 8:571, Section 5, dental assistants only are permitted to start intravenous access lines with the requisite education, training, and experience.

Pursuant to KRS 313.045(7) and KRS 313.050(1), registered dental assistant and dental auxiliary services shall not include the following:

  • The practice of dental hygiene or the performance of the duties of a licensed dental hygienist that require the use of any instrumentation which may elicit the removal of calcareous deposits or accretions on the crowns and roots of teeth
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment planning and prescription, including prescriptions for drugs or medicaments, or authorization for restorative, prosthodontic, or orthodontic appliances
  • Surgical procedures on hard or soft tissues of the oral cavity, or any other intraoral procedure that contributes to or results in an irreversible alteration of the oral anatomy

Pursuant to KRS 313.050(1), dental auxiliaries are additionally prohibited from administering injectable medication or anesthesia, unless otherwise authorized by law.