2011 ORS § 680.205¹
Services rendered under permit

(1) An expanded practice dental hygienist may render all services within the scope of practice of dental hygiene, as defined in ORS 679.010 (Definitions), without the supervision of a dentist and as authorized by the expanded practice dental hygienist permit to:

(a) Patients or residents of the following facilities or programs who, due to age, infirmity or disability, are unable to receive regular dental hygiene treatment:

(A) Nursing homes as defined in ORS 678.710 (Definitions for ORS 678.710 to 678.820);

(B) Adult foster homes as defined in ORS 443.705 (Definitions for ORS 443.705 to 443.825);

(C) Residential care facilities as defined in ORS 443.400 (Definitions for ORS 443.400 to 443.455);

(D) Adult congregate living facilities as defined in ORS 441.525 (Definitions for ORS 441.525 to 441.595);

(E) Mental health residential programs administered by the Oregon Health Authority;

(F) Facilities for mentally ill persons, as those terms are defined in ORS 426.005 (Definitions for ORS 426.005 to 426.390);

(G) Facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, as those terms are defined in ORS 427.005 (Definitions);

(H) Local correctional facilities and juvenile detention facilities as those terms are defined in ORS 169.005 (Definitions for ORS 169.005 to 169.677 and 169.730 to 169.800), regional correctional facilities as defined in ORS 169.620 (Regional correctional facility defined), youth correction facilities as defined in ORS 420.005 (Definitions), youth care centers as defined in ORS 420.855 (Definitions for ORS 420.855 to 420.885), and Department of Corrections institutions as defined in ORS 421.005 (Definitions); or

(I) Public and nonprofit community health clinics.

(b) Adults who are homebound.

(c) Students or enrollees of nursery schools and day care programs and their siblings under 18 years of age, Job Corps and similar employment training facilities, primary and secondary schools, including private schools and public charter schools, and persons entitled to benefits under the Women, Infants and Children Program.

(d) Patients in hospitals, medical clinics, medical offices or offices operated or staffed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants or midwives.

(e) Patients whose income is less than the federal poverty level.

(f) Other populations that the Oregon Board of Dentistry determines are underserved or lack access to dental hygiene services.

(2) At least once each calendar year, an expanded practice dental hygienist shall refer each patient or resident to a dentist who is available to treat the patient or resident.

(3) An expanded practice dental hygienist may render the services described in paragraphs (a) to (d) of this subsection to the patients described in subsection (1) of this section if the expanded practice dental hygienist has entered into an agreement in a format approved by the board with a dentist licensed under ORS chapter 679. The agreement must set forth the agreed-upon scope of the dental hygienists practice with regard to:

(a) Administering local anesthesia;

(b) Administering temporary restorations without excavation;

(c) Prescribing prophylactic antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs specified in the agreement; and

(d) Overall dental risk assessment and referral parameters.

(4) This section does not authorize an expanded practice dental hygienist to administer nitrous oxide except under the indirect supervision of a dentist licensed under ORS chapter 679.

(5) An expanded practice dental hygienist may assess the need for and appropriateness of sealants, apply sealants and write prescriptions for all applications of fluoride in which fluoride is applied or supplied to patients.

(6) An expanded practice dental hygienist must also procure all other permits or certificates required by the board under ORS 679.250 (Powers and duties of board). [1997 c.251 §3; 2001 c.592 §1; 2005 c.52 §1; 2007 c.70 §306; 2007 c.379 §3; 2009 c.582 §4; 2009 c.595 §1062; 2011 c.658 §41; 2011 c.716 §8]