How Do I Become A Dental Assistant in Texas?

Type of Certificates Issued by the TSBDE to Dental Assistants

There are four optional certifications a dental assistant may apply for that issued by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE):

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to make x-rays in the State of Texas. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Course given by a TSBDE-approved RDA Course Provider. Once the assistant successfully passes an RDA Course they may apply to the TSBDE for a RDA Certificate. An RDA Certificate must be displayed in the area where x-rays services are provided.

Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to apply Pit and Fissure Sealants under the supervision of a Texas licensed dentist. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a TSBDE-approved course on Pit and Fissure Sealants. Once the assistant has successfully passed the Pit and Fissure Sealant Course they may apply for the TSBDE Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate. A Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate must be displayed where sealant services are provided.

Coronal Polishing Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to perform Coronal Polishing in the State of Texas under the supervision of a Texas licensed dentist. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a TSBDE-approved course on Coronal Polishing. Once the assistant has successfully passed the Coronal Polishing Course they may apply for the TSBDE Coronal Polishing Certificate. A Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate must be displayed where coronal polishing services are provided.

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to monitor nitrous oxide under the direct supervision of a Texas licensed dentist. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a TSBDE-approved Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Course. Once the assistant has passed this course they may apply for the TSBDE Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate. This certificate must be displayed where the dental assistant provides monitoring services.