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Council solicits testimony on guidelines for sedation, anesthesia

April 26, 2016 The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and its Committee on Anesthesiology hosted an April 20 hearing for members at ADA Headquarters on proposed revisions to the sedation and anesthesia guidelines.
More than 40 attended the hearing, including telephone participants, with most providing testimony focusing on the issues noted in Resolution 77H-2015.
The hearing comes after the 2015 House of Delegates voted in November to refer the 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" back to the council.

The council and its Committee on Anesthesiology, which is composed of experts in the field of dental sedation and anesthesiology, had agreed on the proposed changes; the council unanimously supported transmittal of Res. 77 calling for adoption of the proposed guidelines to the House of Delegates. However, given the detailed nature of the guidelines and testimony both for and against the proposed revisions, the House of Delegates referred the guidelines back to the council for study in specified areas — monitoring end tidal CO2 for moderate sedation, making patient evaluation provision consistent throughout the document and reconsidering the section "Moderate Sedation Course Duration," as proposed by level of sedation.

The council will schedule a second opportunity for the communities of interest to provide written comments in early summer. The council will report its conclusions and recommendations to the 2016 ADA House of Delegates.

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