DENTAL HYGIENE SCOPE OF PRACTICE IN WYOMING

The following is a list of procedures that may be performed by a dental hygienist and the type of supervision required:

GENERAL SUPERVISION – the dentist has authorized a dental hygienist to perform procedures for a patient of record but does not need to be present in the facility during the performance of those procedures.

  1. Community dental health activities.
  2. Functions that are authorized for dental assistants set forth in rules or prescribed duties promulgated by the board.
  3. Root plane, scale and polish teeth.
  4. Polish amalgams and composites.
  5. Screen the oral cavity for oral disease.
  6. Place temporary fillings which require no removal of tooth structure.
  7. Place, expose, and process radiographs.
  8. Place pit and fissure sealants.
  9. Place subgingival medicaments. (ie: Perio Chip/Arestin)
  10. Apply subgingival anesthetic (ie: Oraqix) if the dental hygienist holds a local anesthetic expanded duty certificate.
  11. Perform any related procedures required in the practice of the above duties.

DIRECT SUPERVISION – the dentist has authorized a dental hygienist to perform procedures for a patient of record and must be present in the facility during the performance of those procedures and approves the work performed before dismissal of the patient.

  1. Prepare, place, and remove periodontal packs.
  2. Remove overhanging margins.
  3. Treat diagnosed dry sockets.
  4. Treat diagnosed pericoronitis.
  5. Perform whitening procedures.

Expanded dental hygiene duties

  1. Administer local anesthetics.
  2. Administer and monitor nitrous oxide analgesia.
  3. Place, carve, and finish amalgam and composite restorations for existing certificate holders.
  4. Use lasers to provide soft tissue therapy within the dental hygienists scope of practice.