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.
- Community dental health activities.
- Functions that are authorized for dental assistants set forth in rules or prescribed duties promulgated by the board.
- Root plane, scale and polish teeth.
- Polish amalgams and composites.
- Screen the oral cavity for oral disease.
- Place temporary fillings which require no removal of tooth structure.
- Place, expose, and process radiographs.
- Place pit and fissure sealants.
- Place subgingival medicaments. (ie: Perio Chip/Arestin)
- Apply subgingival anesthetic (ie: Oraqix) if the dental hygienist holds a local anesthetic expanded duty certificate.
- 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.
- Prepare, place, and remove periodontal packs.
- Remove overhanging margins.
- Treat diagnosed dry sockets.
- Treat diagnosed pericoronitis.
- Perform whitening procedures.
Expanded dental hygiene duties –
- Administer local anesthetics.
- Administer and monitor nitrous oxide analgesia.
- Place, carve, and finish amalgam and composite restorations for existing certificate holders.
- Use lasers to provide soft tissue therapy within the dental hygienists scope of practice.