Dental Assistant Requirements in Idaho


Are you looking to become a dental assistant or are moving as a current dental assistant? Make sure to check the dental assistant requirements in Idaho to see if you are still qualified in the state to practice.

Each state has different requirements for dental assistants, here are the levels, and functions permitted for dental assistants in Idaho.

Levels of Dental Assistants in Idaho

There is only one level of dental assistant in ID:

  1. Dental Assistant

1. Dental Assistant

Rules for dental assistant practice were modified in 2019. The supervising dentist is responsible to ensure the dental assistant is adequately trained to perform assigned duties, including duties previously identified as expanded functions.

The current rule reads:   

  • IDAPA DENTAL ASSISTANTS – PRACTICE. Pursuant to Section 54-903(4), Idaho Code, and these rules, dental assistants are authorized to perform dental services for which they are trained unless prohibited by these rules. Dental assistants must be directly supervised by a dentist when performing intraoral procedures except when providing palliative care as directed by the supervising dentist. (3-20-20). To administer nitrous oxide/oxygen to patients, a dental assistant must be trained in accordance with Idaho Board of Dentistry rules

Radiography Requirements for Dental Assistants in ID

There are no radiography requirements for dental assistants in the state of Idaho.

All dental assistants may legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures.

Idaho Board of Dentistry

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Natalie Kaweckyj

Natalie Kaweckyj

Natalie Kaweckyj, BA, LDA, CDA, RF, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, is a senior moderator of the Dental Peeps Network and a past president of the ADAA.