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NEVADA DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION

40 YEAR OVERVIEW

1990’s

NDHA establishes a legislative council and hires a registered lobbyist.
NDHA works on the state-wide water fluoridation issue-AB284.
NDHA provided testimony to the state legislature on several bills.

State Board of Dental Examiners allows Authorized Practice letting dental hygienists practice without the dentist being present in specified settings.

Governor appoints NDHA representative to Maternal and Child Health Committee.

NDHA members become actively involved with several large coalitions that deal with health care access and delivery issues.

NDHA legislative council monitors issues such as the Dental Residency Program and the UNLV Dental School.

St. Mary’s Take-Care-A-Van operates with RDH volunteers and is managed by a dental hygienist.

Community-based dental programs offer alternative practice settings for dental hygienists.

Oral Health Initiative is established.

Dental Sealants are included in the list of procedures that dental hygienists may perform in alternative settings.

"Miles For Smiles" program is established with a dental hygienist as the director.
Dental Services for those with disabilities program directed by a dental hygienist.

NDHA participates in the Nevada Day Parades.
Increased participation in community education and outreach programs.

State Board of Dental Examiners allows registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia for all dental procedures.

Truckee Meadows Community College opens an Associate degree dental hygiene program directed by a dental hygienist.

State Board of Dental Examiners takes the initiative in establishing a group of Registered Dental Hygienists to assist in the Administration of the dental hygiene licensure examinations.

1980’s

With State Board approval dental hygienists may administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide for dental hygiene procedures only.

Continuing education required for license renewal (local and state associations offer annual classes to meet requirements).

Limited Voting privileges for the 2 RDH members on the State Board of Dental Examiners.

NDHA begins holding its own annual sessions and House of Delegates meetings.

Clark County Community College opens an Associate Degree dental hygiene program directed by a dental hygienist.

1970’s

Non-voting dental hygienists are appointed to the State Board of Dental Examiners.

Dental assistants are allowed to do coronal polishing.

NDHA holds annual sessions with the Nevada Dental Association

1960's

Nevada becomes a chartered state with the ADHA

Registered dental hygienists practice under Direct Supervision of the dentist.

Administration of local anesthesia is not allowed for dental hygienists.

No dental hygienist representation on the State Board of Dental Examiners.



These are only a sampling of the major milestones along the path of dental hygiene in Nevada!
 
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