Dental Sedation Assistant Permit Program (Open Registration)

On and after January 1, 2010, the board may issue a dental sedation assistant permit to a person who files a completed application including a fee and provides evidence, satisfactory to the board, of all of the following eligibility requirements:

  (1) Completion of at least 12 months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  (2) Successful completion of a board-approved course in the Dental Practice Act and a board-approved, course in infection control.

  (3) Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage 

  • Option 1: (ADAA) American Dental Assistants Association
  • Option 2: (HPSO) Healthcare Providers Service Organization

  (4) Successful completion of a course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or any other course approved by the board as equivalent.
  (5) Successful completion of a board-approved dental sedation assistant course, which may commence after the completion of six months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  (6) Passage of a written examination administered by the board after completion of all of the other requirements of this subdivision.
  (7) Submit fingerprint clearances from both the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Identification. This process can take 60 days or more. If an applicant has a criminal history, arrest report and court records must be obtained and investigated before a decision is made to issue or deny the license. Live Scan locations

Once this process is completed and an applicant is found to be qualified for licensure, a pocket identification card and wall certificate are issued. There is no license fee required for the initial license other than the initial application and examination fees.

Written Examination Handbook

Length of Course. The course shall be of a sufficient duration for the student to develop minimum competence in all of the duties that dental sedation assistant permitholders are authorized to perform but in no event less than 110 hours, including at least 40 hours of didactic instruction, at least 32 hours of combined laboratory and preclinical instruction, and at least 38 hours of clinical instruction. (Excerpt: B&P 1756.2(b)) 14. The length of the course will be of sufficient duration for each student to develop minimum competency in all of the duties that dental sedation assistant permitholders are authorized to perform, but no less than 110 hours, including at least 40 hours of didactic instruction, at least 32 hours of combined laboratory and pre-clinical instruction, and at least 38 hours of clinical instruction.

Meet Dr. Nix

My name is Dr. Ned L. Nix. I was born in San Jose and raised in Sunnyvale. I’m a Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I received my undergraduate degree in agricultural and managerial economics from the University of California at Davis and my Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1995. I completed my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, a Columbia University Hospital, in New York, NY in 2000. I also completed a general practice residency in dentistry at the same institution in 1996. I began my private practice in 2000.

I am a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. I belong to a number of professional organizations: American College of Dentists, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

I have devoted my professional career to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice with special interests in dental implants, office and hospital surgery, and service to the dental profession. To keep abreast of the latest developments in oral and maxillofacial surgery, I have always exceeded the continuing education requirements of California.

I have been involved in leadership and education since beginning my practice. I have served on numerous committees, boards and have served as the President of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. I actively teach dental students and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents at the UOP School of Dentistry, and I hold the appointment of Clinical Associate Professor. I completed my Master of Arts in Dental Education at the University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education in 2015.

My hobbies include golf and travel. I am married to Dr. Kelly A. Nix, a podiatrist in Los Gatos. We have one child: Ryan Matthew Nix.

r. Ned L. Nix, DDS

Prerequisite for the DSA: 

Business and Professions Code Section 1750.5 – Dental Sedation Assistant Duties Beginning 1/1/10 

1750.5. A person holding a dental sedation assistant permit pursuant to Section 1750.4 may perform the following duties under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist or other licensed health care professional authorized to administer conscious sedation or general anesthesia in the dental office: (a) All duties that a dental assistant is allowed to perform. (b) Monitor patients undergoing conscious sedation or general anesthesia utilizing data from noninvasive instrumentation such as pulse oximeters, electrocardiograms, capnography, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate monitoring devices. Evaluation of the condition of a sedated patient shall remain the responsibility of the dentist or other licensed health care professional authorized to administer conscious sedation or general anesthesia, who shall be at the patient's chairside while conscious sedation or general anesthesia is being administered. (c) Drug identification and draw, limited to identification of appropriate medications, ampule and vial preparation, and withdrawing drugs of correct amount as verified by the supervising licensed dentist. (d) Add drugs, medications, and fluids to intravenous lines using a syringe, provided that a supervising licensed dentist is present at the patient's chairside, limited to determining patency of intravenous line, selection of injection port, syringe insertion into injection port, occlusion of intravenous line and blood aspiration, line release and injection of drugs for appropriate time interval. The exception to this duty is that the initial dose of a drug or medication shall be administered by the supervising licensed dentist. (e) Removal of intravenous lines. (f) Any additional duties that the board may prescribe by regulation. (g) The duties listed in subdivisions (b) to (e), inclusive, may not be performed in any setting other than a dental office or dental clinic.

 

 

 

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Registration Fee:

Regular Price: $3,000.00

Discounted Price: $2,000.00