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In Kansas, can a hygienist use air abrasion for sealants?

My DDS has always done sealants. He uses an air abrasion unit and Flow-it. He says he likes the air abrasion because it helps with retention. He just asked me to start doing sealants but wants me to use the air abrasion unit. I live in KS and do not think this is legal, but am not completely familiar with the air abrasion and wanted to make sure. Also, I am not sure if the Flow-it material is resin sealant material or not. Does it matter which material I use as a hygienist? Thank you so much!!

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I would suggest contacting the Kansas Dentistry Board, as they are the ones who make the rules. However, don’t call – I just called and they told me to email, as the person who answers the phone has no idea what air abrasion is nor could she put a person on the phone who did know. Remember that air polishing is different from air-abrasion; so I would assume hygienist are not allowed to do it because it removes tooth structure (preps the tooth), which not even a restorative hygienist is allowed to do (at least in Oregon). I’m unfamiliar with “Flow It.” Are you thinking of Vertise Flow? If so, that (I believe) is composite material.

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