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Giving local to children

I’m michigan. Do my patients need to be above the age of 18yrs old for me to give them local? Is there any age restrictions?



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In Michigan it is not legal for us as hygienists to administer local or nitrous oxide to any patient under the age of 18! I worked for a dentist that would constantly ask me to numb his children patients. And I always had to tell him no! He knew the law, he just didn’t want to numb the children and be the bad guy. So make sure you know your practice act!! Just because the DDS asks you to do something doesn’t mean it is right. He may be unaware or trying to cut corners. It is your license on the line and you should always be very clear about what you can and cannot do 🙂

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Laura, your state dental board should have those regulations online. I am in Oregon, there is no age limit here.

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No age limit in Nebraska, check your state dental board regulations :).

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According to the following link, in Michigan a hygienist may give local anes to pts 18 years and older. I’m surprised you didn’t get this info in your anesthesia course.

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No age limit in Iowa, I work at a pediatric office. I give anesthetic to children all day long.

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I live in La., no age limits here either. I work for pedo but Dr. gives all of the injections, he is very easy going 🙂 I’m too busy doing prophys.

I do have a friend that works for another pedo office & injections is pretty much all she does all day, she scales some & the EDDA (Expanded Duty Dental Assistant) polishes, flosses, & give Fl2 tx.

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