Dental Sedation Assistant or Orthodontic Assistant Permit Holder

How to Become a Dental Sedation Assistant Permit Holder

On and after January 1, 2010, the board may issue a dental sedation assistant permit to a person who files a completed application including a fee and provides evidence, satisfactory to the board, of all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • (1) Completion of at least 12 months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  • (2) Successful completion of a board-approved course in the Dental Practice Act and a board-approved, course in infection control.
  • (3) Successful completion of a course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or any other course approved by the board as equivalent.
  • (4) Successful completion of a board-approved dental sedation assistant course, which may commence after the completion of six months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  • (5) Passage of a written examination administered by the board after completion of all of the other requirements of this subdivision.
  • (6) Submit fingerprint clearances from both the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Identification. This process can take 60 days or more. If an applicant has a criminal history, arrest report and court records must be obtained and investigated before a decision is made to issue or deny the license. Live Scan locations

Once this process is completed and an applicant is found to be qualified for licensure, a pocket identification card and wall certificate are issued. There is no license fee required for the initial license other than the initial application and examination fees.

Written Examination Handbook

For a list of approved providers click here.

For more information, call (916)263-2300 or email da.program@dca.ca.gov

How to Become a Orthodontic Assistant Permit Holder

On and after January 1, 2010, the board may issue an orthodontic assistant permit to a person who files a completed application including a fee and provides evidence, satisfactory to the board, of all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • (1) Completion of at least 12 months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  • (2) Successful completion of a Board-Approved course in the Dental Practice Act and a Board-Approved, course in infection control.
  • (3) Successful completion of a course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or any other course approved by the Board as equivalent.
  • (4) Successful completion of a Board-Approved orthodontic assistant course, which may commence after the completion of six months of work experience as a dental assistant.
  • (5) Passage of a written examination administered by the Board after completion of all of the other requirements of this subdivision.
  • (6) Submit fingerprint clearances from both the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Identification. This process can take 60 days or more. If an applicant has a criminal history, arrest report and court records must be obtained and investigated before a decision is made to issue or deny the license. Live Scan locations

Once this process is completed and an applicant is found to be qualified for licensure, a pocket identification card and wall certificate are issued. There is no license fee required for the initial license other than the initial application and examination fees.

Written Examination Handbook

For a list of approved providers click here.

For more information, call (916)263-2300 or email da.program@dca.ca.gov