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Comments sought on proposed sedation, anesthesia guideline revisions

May 27, 2015

Dr. Boyle
The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure seeks comments, due June 29, 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 revisions to both documents support revisions to anxiolysis and sedation statements regarding children age 12 and under; 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; and a number of editorial updates.
To access both documents, click here.  For questions, email Jane Jasek at
CDEL will consider feedback received by June 29 and determine whether to recommend revisions to the 2015 ADA House of Delegates. Comments should reference the line number(s) and be specific. Comments should be addressed to:  Dr. James M. Boyle, III, Chair, Council on Dental Education and Licensure, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Comments may also be emailed to