States Allowing "Unsupervised" Practice
Dental hygienists can practice "without supervision" in specific cases, according to the American Dental Hygienists' Association. In fact, approximately 55,000 procedures were performed by unsupervised dental hygienists in the space of year.
In Maine, dental hygienists can practice under "public health supervision" status with referrals from dentists--an impressive 5,500 patients were examined by dental hygienists in more than 400 clinics.
Dental hygienists in Missouri can practice "without supervision" in public health spheres--a school district's sealant program, for example.
In New Mexico, dental hygienists may work under "collaborative practice"--that is, by consulting dentists. This aided practice serves 4,000 patients.
Dental hygienists in Nevada offer services as "public health dental hygienists" for social sites such as schools and community health centers.
Washington State dental hygienists may practice "unsupervised" in hospitals, nursing homes and other wellness centers.