Debate Over Dental Assistants
A bill that has passed the state Senate would turn your dentist’s office into a learning environment for dental assistants…with you…the patient…as part of the lesson.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The bill by San Diego Senator Denise Ducheny would allow dental assistants to get on the job training in a dental office in lieu of taking courses at a school:
It allows for people who are working in a dental office to actually get on the job training from the dentist who is there employing them.
The bill passed the full Senate on a 36 to zero vote, despite an outcry from a number of dental groups. They object to dental assistants without a license working on patients.
Christy Borquez, with the California Dental Assistants Association, fears untrained dental assistants could be doing anything from cleaning teeth to administering anesthesia:
Their practicing will not be in a classroom, it will be on the patient.
The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration.