DHASNY Legislative Priorities: 2011–2012

  • Collaborative Practice (RDH-CP)
  • Redefining the Definition of the Practice of Dental Hygiene
  • Block Anesthesia

Collaborative Practice Legislation

Successful achievement of improved oral health for New York residents will require multiple solutions with a diverse array of engaged partners. Legislation to provide for dental hygienists to have collaborative practice agreements with dentists, part of DHASNY’s agenda, has been introduced in the state Assembly. DHASNY believes the addition of collaborative practice to dentistry will make dental care more accessible by improving access to care, will enhance the workforce relationships, and help meet currently unmet oral health needs of many New Yorkers.
Read more in our backgrounder and position paper and factsheet on why collaborative practice works, as well as the legislation.

Redefining the Definition of Dental Hygiene Practice
Dental hygiene has long been dependent on an arbitrary laundry list of services in defining the scope of practice.  That list, in the midst of growing technology and an oral health crisis, serves to unnecessarily restrict the provision of basic preventive, educational and therapeutic services.  Additionally, restrictive supervision of the practice of dental hygiene adds to the inability of qualified, educated, licensed dental hygienists to provide services to those unserved by the current oral health care delivery system.  Proposed legislation for collaborative practice includes, under Section 1, a definition of dental hygiene practice to more practically reflect the work of hygienists.  The legislation is available here (A00111)
Block anesthesia
Forty-four of fifty states currently allow dental hygienists to deliver local anesthetic, and all but three of those – Maryland, South Carolina and New York - allow both local infiltration and block anesthesia injections.  Our practitioners tell us that the delivery of block anesthesia is imperative to pain-free delivery of dental hygiene care, particularly in the area of non-surgical periodontal treatment.
DHASNY will continue to work to secure a Senate sponsor and to gain consensus among stakeholders for passage of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s legislation throughout this session.  Click here for the legislation (A00988).
Limited Permit Legislation Signed Into Law
Legislation that was on DHASNY’s agenda, to provide for a limited permit for qualified dental hygienists, was signed in to law in 2010.  Procedures are available from the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department to apply for limited permits for dental hygienists. Click here to access this information.  This newly enacted law is provided for persons who have met all the requirements for license as a dental hygienist but have not yet passed the required examination. Click here to learn more in this Question & Answer article.***

***While MHDHA is a component of DHASNY and ADHA, MHDHA did have a campaign against the Limited Permit Legislation before this was signed into the practice act.  DHASNY does advocate for the dental hygienists' of the state of New York, however MHDHA did not feel this legislation was in the best interest of our members, as it was explicitly expressed by our members to the Board of MHDHA.  Despite our efforts, this legislation was passed.  You can access the question and answer page on DHASNY.org under the "Public Policy and Advocacy" tab then down to "Legislative Action Agenda" if the links here do not work. 




This message is an update from the Dental Hygienists’ Association of New York (DHASNY) to alert you about an important development that impacts dental hygienists in New York.  Governor David Paterson issued Executive Order #29 October 29, 2009 which addresses the “disaster emergency” related to the H1N1 virus.  The Executive Order allows dental hygienists with a certificate to administer local anesthesia to administer the H1N1 vaccine.  Seehttp://www.op.nysed.gov/exec-order29-h1n1.htm for the complete information as well as the specifics of the Executive Order. 
For additional information about the H1N1 virus you can visit the New York State Department of Health website: http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/influenza/h1n1/.  

Those dental hygienists certified in local anesthesia that wish to be considered as part of the volunteer effort to administer vaccines should visit the NYS Department of Health site ServNY athttps://apps.nyhealth.gov/vms/appmanager/vms/public  and register.  DHASNY will continue to offer updates on this issue as it progresses.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the DHASNY office with questions or concerns.

DHASNY is proud to have been instrumental in assuring the profession of dental hygiene was considered and accepted as one of the additional seven professions considered to assist in this disaster emergency related to H1N1 virus and seasonal flu prevention.


Lucy Bianco, RDH
President, DHASNY

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