Virginia Dental Assistant Requirements

Each state has different requirements for dental assistants. This page includes links to all the information you need to understand the requirements for dental assistants in this state. View the different dental assisting levels, along with the requirements for each. You can also view the allowable duties at each level.

Virginia Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant I

Dental Assistant II

Dental Assistant I Requirements

A dental assistant I (DA I) in Virginia may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direction of a licensed dentist.

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

A dental assistant (DA I or DA II) in Virginia who assists in the administration and monitoring of any form of minimal sedation, conscious/moderate sedation, deep sedation or general anesthesia must meet one of the following requirements:

1. Training and current certification in basic resuscitation techniques with hands­ on airway training for health care providers, such as Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Professionals or a clinically ­oriented course devoted primarily to responding to clinical emergencies offered by an approved provider of continuing education, OR

2. Current certification as a certified anesthesia assistant by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) or the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).