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Governor Hochul Signs NYSDA Dental Assisting Bill Into Law

Governor Hochul has signed into law, as Chapter 512 of the Laws of 2022, the NYSDA bill to allow registered dental assistants to place and remove temporary restorations. The law takes effect immediately (August 17, 2022).  You can read the bill signed into law below – A.7754-C (McDonald) / S.8533-A (Harckham) – as well as the Sponsor Memorandum explaining the bill.  Because the Assembly bill was the first bill passed, it is the bill that went to Governor Hochul to sign.



                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions


                                      May 21, 2021

        Introduced by M. of A. McDONALD -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted
          to the Committee on Higher Education in accordance with Assembly  Rule
          3,  sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
          amended and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from  said
          committee  with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommit-
          ted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the practice of dental

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

  1      Section  1.   Section 6608 of the education law, as amended by chapter
  2    390 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
  3      § 6608. Definition of practice of  registered  dental  assisting.  The
  4    practice of registered dental assisting is defined as providing support-
  5    ive  services  to a dentist in his or her performance of dental services
  6    authorized under this article.  Such  support  shall  include  providing
  7    patient  education, taking preliminary medical histories and vital signs
  8    to be reviewed by the dentist, placing and removing rubber dams, select-
  9    ing and prefitting provisional crowns, selecting and  prefitting  ortho-
10    dontic bands, removing orthodontic arch wires and ligature ties, placing
11    and  removing  matrix bands, taking impressions for study casts or diag-
12    nostic casts,  removing  periodontal  dressings,  placing  and  removing
13    temporary  restorations,  and  such  other  dental  supportive  services
14    authorized by the dentist consistent with regulations promulgated by the
15    commissioner, provided that  such  functions  are  performed  under  the
16    direct  personal  supervision of a licensed dentist in the course of the
17    performance of dental services. Such services shall not include diagnos-
18    ing and/or performing surgical procedures,  irreversible  procedures  or
19    procedures  that  would  alter  the  hard or soft tissue of the oral and

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 7754--C                          2

  1    maxillofacial area or any other procedures determined by the department.
  2    The practice of registered dental assisting  may  be  conducted  in  the
  3    office  of  any licensed dentist or in any appropriately equipped school
  4    or  public institution but must be done under the direct personal super-
  5    vision of a licensed dentist. Direct personal supervision, for  purposes
  6    of  this  section,  means  supervision  of  dental  procedures  based on
  7    instructions given by a licensed dentist in the course  of  a  procedure
  8    who remains in the dental office where the supportive services are being
  9    performed,  personally diagnoses the condition to be treated, personally
10    authorizes the procedures, and before  dismissal  of  the  patient,  who
11    remains  the  responsibility  of  the  licensed  dentist,  evaluates the
12    services performed by the registered dental  assistant.  Nothing  herein
13    authorizes  a registered dental assistant to perform any of the services
14    or functions defined as part  of  the  practice  of  dental  hygiene  in
15    accordance  with  the provisions of subdivision one of section sixty-six
16    hundred six of this article, except those functions authorized  pursuant
17    to this section. All dental supportive services provided in this section
18    may  be performed by currently registered dental hygienists either under
19    a dentist's supervision, as defined in regulations of the  commissioner,
20    or,  in the case of a registered dental hygienist working for a hospital
21    as defined in article twenty-eight of the public health law, pursuant to
22    a collaborative arrangement with a licensed dentist in  accordance  with
23    subdivision  one  of section sixty-six hundred six of this article. Such
24    collaborative arrangement shall not obviate  or  supersede  any  law  or
25    regulation  which requires identified services to be performed under the
26    personal supervision of a dentist.
27      § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 SPONSOR: McDonald


 An act to amend the education law, in relation to the practice of dental


 This bill allows registered dental assistants to place and remove tempo-
rary restorations.


 This bill amends article 133, section 6608 of the Education Law.

 Section 1 of the bill adds placing and removing temporary restorations
to the definition of practice of registered dental assisting.

 Section 2 of the bill provides that the bill shall take effect imme-


 In 2007, the New York State Education Department mandated that regis-
tered dental assisting programs teach and train registered dental
assistants to place and remove temporary restorations, declaring in its
official directive from then Deputy Commissioner for the Professions,
Frank Munoz, to such academic programs that these procedures were within
the scope of practice of registered dental assistants and they needed to
be educated and trained to perform them. However, the registered dental
assisting scope of practice law was never updated to match that direc-
tive that has been carried out ever since 2007. The bill fixes that
technical glitch to match the existing education standards and training
of registered dental assistants to their scope of practice law.





This act shall take effect immediately