Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act. Allows a dental assistant, after being authorized by a dentist, to remove loose, broken, or irritating orthodontic appliances on a patient of record for the purpose of eliminating pain or discomfort. Provides that dental assistants who have undergone certain training may hold themselves out as expanded function dental assistants. Sets forth the training requirements for expanded function dental assistants and the services that may be provided. Provides that any procedure completed by an expanded function dental assistant must be approved by the supervising dentist and examined prior to dismissal of the patient. Sets forth certain limits on expanded function dental assistants.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 In provisions concerning expanded functions of dental assistants, adds that the supervising dentist shall be responsible for all dental services or procedures performed by the dental assistant.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2 In provisions concerning expanded functions of dental assistants, requires the training for expanded function dental assistants to include basic life support certification. Proof of certification shall be kept on file with the supervising dentist.
Further amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act. Requires that an applicant for license to practice dentistry that presents evidence of completion of dental education by graduation from a dental college or school outside the United States or Canada also obtain a obtain a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) or doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) at a dental college or school in the United States or Canada approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Provides that an applicant for license to practice dentistry may also meet the education requirement by meeting program requirements approved by rule by the Department.