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New Dental Specialty

After a thorough review of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain application for recognition by the National Commission and a thorough appeal process, on March 31, 2020, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain’s request to recognize orofacial pain as a dental specialty was granted by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards based on compliance with the Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties. 

The National Commission Adopts New Resolutions

At its March 2-3, 2020 meeting, the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards considered the American Academy of Oral Medicine application to recognize oral medicine as a dental specialty. Based on review of the application, the National Commission determined that the Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties had been met and adopted a resolution recognizing oral medicine as a dental specialty.

At this meeting, the National Commission also considered the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology application to be considered as the recognized national certifying board for dental anesthesiology. Based on review of the application, the National Commission determined that the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists had been met and adopted a resolution recognizing the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology as the national certifying board for dental anesthesiology. 

Meeting Dates

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards meets on an annual basis to discuss recognition of the dental specialties and certifying boards.  The National Commission meeting is held at the American Dental Association Headquarters 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Annual Meeting Dates for 2020-2023:
  • March 2-3, 2020
  • March 8-9, 2021
  • March 7-8, 2022
  • March 6-7, 2023
 

Unofficial Reports of Major Actions

Meeting Minutes