org Stage of Development ADHP educational DHAT practice began in competencies were Alaska in 2004.
While neither the ADT nor the ADHP is currently licensed (currently, no state has established the ADHP provider), the experience and evaluation of the DHAT model strongly suggest that these emerging providers will add new members to the oral health care team and provide an additional point of entry into the oral health care system for those who are underserved by the current system.
Changes that limit the DHAT scope of practice would rule out extractions and pulpotomies on non-deciduous teeth without consulting with a licensed dentist who declares that the situation is emergent.
Education for the DHATs currently serving in Alaska has been conducted at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in an internationally recognized and regionally accredited school of dentistry with 85 years of experience in developing and implementing this highly successful practice model.
In 2006, the Alaska Dental society, along with ADA, filed suit against the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the State of Alaska, and eight dental health aide therapists on the grounds that the DHATs were illegally performing "unlicensed" dental procedures.