Meet the Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
One of Cooper Moss’s dental assistants – Elizabeth – has taken advantage of the EFDA program at South Puget Sound Community College and has completed the state requirements to become an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary. Her commitment to quality dentistry and to continued growth within her field ensures that our patients receive the best that modern dentistry has to offer. In addition to her certification as a dental assistant and dental auxiliary, Elizabeth is also certified as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistants which is a nationally-recognized certification through the Dental Assisting National Board.
Elizabeth and our dentists work closely together to ensure the best care for each of our patients. Elizabeth is routinely involved in the completion of composite restorations when one of the dentists determines that utilizing a dental auxiliary will serve the best interests of our patients. To learn more about EFDAs, please see the additional information below the team bios.
What is an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary?
In 2008 the Washington legislature adopted legislation establishing licensure requirements for Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs). Through their training and experience, dental auxiliaries acquire the necessary expertise and skill to complete dental restorations within the dental office. They work closely with a licensed dentist who prepares the patient’s tooth to receive the appropriate filling material. The overriding purpose of the Dental Auxiliary position is to increase access to dental care by improving the overall efficiency in the dental office while maintaining the highest standard of dental care for the citizens of Washington.
What are the requirements to become a dental auxiliary?
Three Washington post-secondary educational institutions – Seattle Central, South Puget Sound, and Spokane Community Colleges – have established EFDA programs to enable already licensed and experienced dental assistants to meet the substantial additional requirements to become an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary.
Before applying to an EFDA program, a person must have already completed a dental assistant training program through an accredited college and have five years of dental chairside assisting experience. While completing an EFDA program, a dental assistant must be sponsored by a practicing dentist who mentors him or her through the duration of the training. The training program includes extensive coursework with both written and practical elements. After successful completion of the coursework, an applicant for state licensure must pass a national restorative exam, as well as a written exam. To maintain licensure, an EFDA must complete continuing education on an annual basis.
Meet the Dental Assistants
Chairside dental assistants work closely with your doctors to give you excellent care with your comfort in mind. In addition to directly assisting the doctors, dental assistants also work in the areas of radiography and sterilization.