Filling the gap in the dental workforce
Bringing Dental Therapists to Kansas
Establishing dental therapists will create jobs, ensure that Kansans have access to regular dental care, and save money. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners have already helped address the medical workforce shortage, and dental therapists will do the same for the dental workforce.
Dental therapists will work under the supervision of a dentist to provide routine and preventive care – like cleanings, fillings, and simple extractions. They will work in dental offices and community settings, such as nursing homes and schools. Dental therapy educational programs will be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation – the same agency that accredits programs for dentists and dental hygienists.
Other states and 52 other countries are using this model to address dental workforce shortages. Every study conducted on providers like dental therapists shows they provide safe, quality care to patients.