DHHS Letter





Permit Courses for LDA's...Board of Dentistry approves Nebraska ADA-CODA schools to offer courses after board approval. 

                       Please contact your local ADA-CODA Dental Assisting Program for more information on the NEW Permit courses for Licensed Dental Assistants.


Courses include educational requirement for the individual Permits:

- Nitrous Oxide Administration and Monitor Permit

- Fixed Prosthodontics Permit

- Removable Prosthodontics Permit

- Pediatric Fixed Prosthodontics Permit 



How to become a Licensed Dental Assistant in Nebraska:

1. Fill out Application

2. Take the DA Jurisprudence Exam

3.  Send in all items listed on Application with payment

 Complete required Education, Training and Testing to Expand your scope!
Application for Expanded Scope Function Permit/s for the LDA
  • Dental Impressions for Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Dental Impressions and Minor Adjustments for Removable Prostheses
  • Cement Prefabricated Fixed Prostheses on Primary Teeth
  • Monitoring and Administration of Nitrous Oxide 

    Application for Expanded Function Permits for the LDA

     Please contact DHHS with Licensure Questions: (402) 471-2118 or DHHS.MedicalOffice@nebraska.gov 

    History of LB 18 for Nebraska Dental Assistants

    LB 18


    Unlicensed Dental Assistants

    • Requirements to perform x-rays and coronal polishing remain the same
    • May apply topical local anesthesia under indirect supervision of a licensed dentist
    • May monitor nitrous oxide analgesia if board-approved CPR certified and when under indirect supervision of a licensed dentist
    • May perform duties delegated by a licensed dentist for the purpose of assisting the licensed dentist in clinical and clinical-related duties as allowed in regulations and rules adopted under the Dentistry Practice Act


    Licensed Dental Assistants

    • Licensed dental assistants may perform all duties authorized for an unlicensed dental assistant
    • Qualify through education (graduation from a CODA accredited program) OR experience (1,500 dental assisting work hours within the past five years)
    • To apply: complete application, pay application fee, and provide proof of
    • Age (19 years old or older)
    • Citizenship/Lawful presence
    • Results of CDA sent directly from DANB to the Licensure Unit
    • Passing score on the Nebraska jurisprudence exam for Dental Assistants 


    Licensed Dental Assistants - Permits

    • Available to licensed dental assistants
    • Four additional education and competency Permits

                        Take dental impressions for fixed prostheses

                        Take dental impressions and make minor adjustments for removable prostheses

                        Cement prefabricated fixed prostheses on primary teeth

                        Monitor and administer nitrous oxide analgesia


    Expanded Function Permit - Licensed Dental Assistants

    • Available to licensed dental assistants
    • Must have 1,500 hours experience as a licensed dental assistant to apply
    • Two levels:

                     Level one simple restorations (one surface)

                     Level two complex restorations (multiple surfaces)


    Questions? Contact our office at (402) 471-2118 or at DHHS.MedicalOffice@nebraska.gov

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