Alaska State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

All dental assistants may legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures delegated by and under the indirect supervision of an Alaska state-licensed dentist.

    Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

    • Dental Assistant

      A dental assistant in the state of Alaska may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

      There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

    • Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing Procedures

      To perform coronal polishing procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of Alaska, a dental assistant must earn a certificate in coronal polishing. An applicant for certification must: 

      1.   Submit to the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners a complete, notarized application form, AND

      2.   Pay applicable fee, AND

      3a. Successfully complete a program of instruction approved by the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners, or

      3b. Be currently licensed or certified in another jurisdiction to perform coronal polishing and provide documentation to the board. 

      Note: The coronal polishing certificate must be renewed biennially on or before February 28th of odd-numbered years.

      Note: The Alaska Board of Dental Examiners maintains a registry of dental assistants who hold certificates in coronal polishing and/or restorative functions.

    • Dental Assistant Qualified in Restorative Functions

      To perform specified restorative functions in the state of Alaska under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must hold a certificate in restorative functions. To qualify, one must:

      1.  Successfully complete a course offered by or under the auspices of a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or other equivalent course or program approved by the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners, AND

      2a.  Pass the Western Regional Examining Board’s restorative examination or other equivalent examination approved by the board within five years preceding the dental assistant’s certificate application, or

      2b.  Have legal authorization from another state or jurisdiction to perform restorative functions.

      Note: The Alaska Board of Dental Examiners maintains a registry of dental assistants who hold certificates in coronal polishing and/or restorative functions.

      CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs