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NAC Changes Regarding Dental Hygienists' Duties

On your behalf the efforts of NDHA have paid off! 

On June 28th the Secretary of State put a seal of approval on proposed regulation changes adopted by the Legislative Council Bureau.

A brief description of the action:
The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners conducted a review of Nevada Administrative Codes Chapter 631.  Upon this review, discussion and public comment of the proposed/amended regulations which were noticed at a public workshop held on September 18, 2015.  On January 22,2016 a hearing for Notice of Intent to Act was held.  The Board tabled the approval/rejection of R119-15 and the Board referred the matter to the Committee on Dental Hygiene to discuss.  On March 18, 2016, the Committee on Dental Hygiene held a meeting to discuss the proposed changes to regulation NAC 631.210.  On May 20, 2016, the Board approved the proposed regulations identified as R119-15 with no changes.

Sec. 4. NAC 631.210 is hereby amended to read as follows:

1. A dentist who is licensed in this State may authorize a dental hygienist in his or her employ to perform the following acts before a patient is examined by the dentist:
(a)    Expose radiographs.
(b)    Conduct an assessment of the oral health of the patient through medical and dental histories, radiographs, indices, risk assessments and intraoral and extraoral procedures that analyze and identify the oral health needs and problems of the patient.
(c)    After conducting an assessment pursuant to paragraph (b), develop a dental hygiene care plan to address the oral health needs and problems of the patient.
 ⇒ (d) Take impressions for the preparation of diagnostic models.
  The dental hygienist must obtain authorization from the licensed dentist of the patient on whom the services authorized pursuant to this subsection are to be performed. . . . . .

( Click here for the complete proposed regulations adopted. )
 

 
New ADHA District XII Trustee!

Nevada's very own Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH, was elected as the new ADHA District XII Trustee!  While it was a competitive election with great, talented representatives from other states, Annette overcame the stiff competition and won!  District XII covers Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. 

Annette is a great leader and has served in several officer positions within SNDHA and NDHA.  And as NDHA's Membership Chair she received a special presidential citation from ADHA President Jill Rethman for her work in membership retention and growth in Nevada.  Through Annette's efforts Nevada reached 115% of its membership goal; the top state in the nation! 

Nevada has been fortunate to  have such awesome representation on the district level in our national association.  Pictured to the right are past and current District XII Trustees.  Caryn Solie, RDH (left) from Sparks, NV; Lancette VanGuilder, RDH (middle) from Sparks, NV who just finished her term as ADHA District XII Trustee; and Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH, from Las Vegas, NV.

 

 
Proposed Changes to Duties Delegable to Dental Hygienists

On March 20th, representatives of your professional association, the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association (NDHA), met with the Committee on Dental Hygiene of the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners (NSBDE) to propose changes to the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 631.210. Changes proposed by the NDHA would make it permissible for hygienists to, 1) expose radiographs, 2) assess the oral health of patients through medical and dental histories, radiographs, risk assessments and intraoral and extraoral procedures that analyze and identify the oral health needs and problems of patients, 3) develop a dental hygiene care plan to address the oral health needs and problems of patients described in subparagraph (I), and 4) take impressions for the preparation of diagnostic models prior to examination by a dentist. Other changes proposed by the NDHA would affect the amount of supervision required by dental hygienists for the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. After discussion, the Committee on Dental Hygiene voted to take the proposed changes forward to the full NSBDE for consideration.

On May 22nd, the Committee on Dental Hygiene recommended the proposed changes to the full board, and after discussion, the NSBDE agreed that there was sufficient merit to the recommendations to schedule a public workshop. The public workshop has been scheduled for Friday, September 18th, at 9:00 AM at the NSBDE office in Las Vegas, and videoconferenced to the Medical Board office in Reno. The purpose of the workshop is to receive comments (positive or negative) from all interested persons and to consider the review of Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 631 and regulation changes and amendments. The NSBDE has posted public notice of the workshop scheduled for September 18th which includes current wording of NAC 631.210 as well as the proposed changes, and detailed instructions for submitting written comment.  Click here to download the section pertaining to proposed changes to duties delegable to dental hygienists. The complete public notice is posted on the NSBDE website at http://dental.nv.gov/Public_Info/Meetings/2015/2015_Meetings/.

It is the position of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association that the proposed changes will afford greater efficiency in the use of dental practice resources while maintaining the highest level of patient safety. The proposed changes also mimic medical practice models where trained and educated personnel gather data and perform assessments on patients prior to the physician’s examination of the patient for the purpose of aiding the physician in the diagnostic process. Further, NDHA believes the proposed changes will improve delivery of dental hygiene services to the public and afford greater public access with full patient protection.

The NDHA strongly encourages all interested parties (hygienists, dentists, dental assistants, and patients) to attend the public workshop and offer verbal comments in person. Comments may also be submitted in writing on or prior to the deadline of September 11th.  (Click here to download a sample letter.)  The more input and public comment the NSBDE receives on these changes the stronger the argument for change becomes. I encourage you all to solicit your employers to submit comment as well. This is an opportunity for dentists and hygienists to work together to improve the delivery of dental care. I hope you will all join me in submitting comments to the NSBDE regarding these important changes.  You can fax to NSBDE:  (702) 486-7046  or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sincerely,

Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH

President, NDHA

 
President's Message

Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!  As I usher in my new year with family and friends, I cannot help but think about our proud past as a dental hygiene profession and the professional association I have the honor to be a member of, Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association.  The way I practice dental hygiene today is because of the passion and foresight of my predecessors.  First and foremost, I want to personally thank all leaders who changed dental hygiene for the better.

Today, I look to the future of what dental hygiene will become,and with excitement for those changes in Nevada.  I ask the question, “What If?”  Will administration of Botox just be a small addition to the duties dental hygienists will be able to perform?  Will dental hygienists be licensed to be mid-level practitioners and practice in medical and dental settings, much like a nurse practitioner,to meet the growing health care and dental care needs?  Will local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration be an issue of the past and changed under general supervision to the Nevada Revised Statutes?Will dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment be recognized as the first step towards oral systemic health?  Will dental hygienists be able to bridge the gap between medical and dental fields?  Will dental hygienists have more choicesto practice in medical offices, dental offices, hospital settings, and retirement homes with advanced educationaldegrees and licensure?  Will graduating with a BS degree be the standard as an entry-level degree?  Will there be more clinically based Masters and PhD programs to emerge for the dental hygienists who desire to practice in these settings?  Will there be a State Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners whose interests are to protect the public in the specialty of dental hygiene?  If you asked yourself the “What If” question, what are your possibilities?  I would have to say, they are endless and have no limits.

I invite you to visit ADHA.org.  There are so many resources at your fingertips.  I encourage you to read the official White Paper from ADHA.  It is a position paper about the dental hygiene profession.   While you’re online as a member, look at the travel discounts for hotels, car rentals, and cruises, too.  Mercer offers affordable medical insurance as well as malpractice insurance for dental hygienists.  If you have always thought about being a part of this great organization, start today!  NDHA wants you to be a part of us!  It is as simple as paying a one-time annual dues fee or quarterly payments.  It is less than $1 dollar a day.  By this simple act, it sends a clear message that we band together as dental hygienists.

In closing, great things occur when a group of passionate and focused individuals collaborate to bring about incredible results!  Be a part this powerful synergy.  Be a part of NDHA!

Xuan-Thu Failing, BSDH
President

 
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