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RULE §114.3Pit and Fissure Sealant

(a) The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) "Didactic education" requires the presentation and instruction of theory and scientific principles.

  (2) "Clinical education" requires providing care to patient(s) under the direct supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist instructor.

  (3) "Direct Supervision" requires that the instructor responsible for the procedure shall be physically present during patient care and shall be aware of the patient's physical status and well-being.

(b) In addition to application of pit and fissure sealants a dental assistant who meets the requirements in this section may use a rubber prophylaxis cup and appropriate polishing materials to cleanse the occlusal and smooth surfaces of teeth that will be sealed or to prepare teeth for application of orthodontic bonding resins. Cleansing is intended only to prepare the teeth for the application of sealants or bonding resins and should not exceed the amount needed to do so.

(c) The dentist may not bill for a cleansing provided hereunder as a prophylaxis.

(d) A Texas-licensed dentist may delegate the application of pit and fissure sealants to a dental assistant if the dental assist has:

  (1) at least two years of experience as a dental assistant;

  (2) successfully completed a current course in basic life support; and

  (3) completed a minimum of 8 hours of education that includes clinical and didactic education in pit and fissure sealants taken through a CODA-accredited dental, dental hygiene, or dental assistant program approved by the Board whose course of instruction includes:

    (A) infection control;

    (B) cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

    (C) treatment of medical emergencies;

    (D) microbiology;

    (E) chemistry;

    (F) dental anatomy;

    (G) ethics related to pit and fissure sealants;

    (H) jurisprudence related to pit and fissure sealants; and

    (I) the correct application of sealants, including the actual clinical application of sealants.

(e) Application of pit and fissure sealants must be in accordance with the minimum standard of care and limited to the dental assistant's scope of practice.

(f) The dental assistant must comply with the Dental Practice Act and Board Rules in the application of pit and fissure sealants. Pursuant to §258.003 of the Dental Practice Act, the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated to a dental assistant, including application of pit and fissure sealant.

Source Note: The provisions of this §114.3 adopted to be effective December 30, 2001, 26 TexReg 10572 ; amended to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 27, 2005, 30 TexReg 7744; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 638; amended to be effective March 18, 2018, 43 TexReg 1437

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