What can an unlicensed dental assistant do in Minnesota?
Unlicensed dental assistants are allowed to perform certain duties as stipulated by Minnesota Legislature regulations. These duties include:
Retracting a patient’s cheek, tongue, or other parts of tissue during a procedure
Assist with placement or removal of devices as directed by the dentist or dental therapist
Remove debris or water during treatment using suction devices
Assisting in placing articles and topical medication in a patient’s oral cavity under supervision of a dentist or dental therapist
In January 2022, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry approved unlicensed dental assistants to perform radiological services after meeting certain requirements, including completing a board approved course in dental radiology.
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