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Comments sought on proposed sedation, anesthesia guideline revisions

June 16, 2014

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure is seeking comments, due July 31, to proposed revisions to two sets of guidelines concerning the use of sedation and anesthesia.

CDEL is considering proposed revisions to 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 proposed amendment to both documents supports the need for use of capnography during moderate sedation in an open airway system as well as the need for continual observation of qualitative clinical signs by monitoring for the presence of exhaled carbon dioxide, unless precluded or invalidated by the nature of the patient, procedure or equipment.

To access both documents, visit For questions, email Jane Jasek at

CDEL will consider comments received by July 31 and determine whether to pursue revisions. Comments should reference the line number(s) and be specific. Comments should be addressed to: Dr. Teresa Dolan, chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.