LPN Scope of Practice - Administration of Local Anesthesia in a Dental Setting

October 2010 - Following review of applicable regulations and statutes governing nursing practice, the Board reaffirmed the advisory opinion issued in June 2004, in part...

"It was the advisory opinion of the Board that the administration of local anesthesia to dental patients is within the scope of registered nursing practice for the nurse who possesses the requisite educational preparation and current clinical competency to perform the act in a safe effective manner.  The  nurse's practice should be consistent with the Kentucky Nursing Laws and established standards of practice, and be evidence based."

It is the advisory opinion of the Board that the administration of local anesthesia to dental patients is not within the scope of the licensed practical nurse.