ADA seeks comments on revised sedation, anesthesia guidelines

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) is proposing revisions to two sets of guidelines on the use of sedation and anesthesia and is seeking comments on the proposed changes.

The guidelines in question are the "ADA Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists" and the "Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students."

The proposals, according to ADA News, include the following:

  • Revisions to anxiolysis and sedation statements regarding children age 12 and younger
  • End-tidal CO2 monitoring during moderate and deep sedation and general anesthesia unless precluded or invalidated by the nature of the patient, procedure, or equipment
  • Alterations in course duration and other educational requirements for moderate sedation competency courses

Feedback will be reviewed and possibly recommended to the 2015 ADA House of Delegates. The ADA is asking that comments reference the page and line number, be specific, and offer rationale. The deadline is June 29. Further information can be found here.

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