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I will be taking my CRDTS board exam in December. I’m beginning to think about what states I will send my results to. I am told we get to send the results to 3 states. I’ll be sending results to MO and IL… but I’m unsure where to send my third copy. I was initially thinking Texas, but after hearing that RDH’s can’t do Local Anesthetic TX, I’m apprehensive. Is it really that bad to work in TX? I would love to hear feedback from hygienists around the country regarding what you love and what you hate about working in your state.



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I work in Oregon which allows hygienists to give local anesthetic. I love it! We are also allowed to gain a Limited Access Permit that allows hygienists to perform hygiene services without the supervision of a dentist to patients or residents of facilities who, due to age, infirmity or disability, are unable to receive regular dental hygiene treatment. In other words, unsupervised, independent practice in limited access settings; assisted living, hospitals, etc. With that said, jobs are scarce in Oregon due to saturation of the market.

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I am in also in Oregon and I love it! I have the Expanded Practice permit that Kara mentioned and use it to see the elderly in care facilities, I am my own boss!!
We are also able to do restorative work. Oregon is very progressive, along with Washington.
Kara is right though…We are pretty saturated here.

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Yep, no local anesthetic in Texas. You have to be under the general supervision of a DDS. It’s not all that bad though…

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