Texas dental hygienists' interest in local anesthesia licensure
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The administration of local anesthesia by licensed dental hygienists is permitted in 15 of 51 jurisdictions in the United States, and Texas is not included among these 15 jurisdictions. The purpose of this study was to determine if Texas dental hygiensts have an interest in obtaining licensure in the administration of local anesthesia, and if their level of dental hygiene education was related to this interest. A systematic sample of 151 Texas dental hygienists was utilized in this study. Analysis of the data revealed t hat 96 of the 151 respondents had indicated an interest in local anesthesia licensure. One hundred-sixteen had obtai•ned an associate degree, and 35 had obtained a baccalaureate degree. The final results of the study indic?ted that there was an interest among Texas hygienists in obtaining local anesthesia licensure, and that the level of interest was not related to the hygienists' dental hygiene educational level.