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Council to hear proposed revisions on sedation and anesthesia guidelines

February 15, 2016 The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure is hosting an open hearing for ADA members April 20 at ADA Headquarters on proposed revisions to the sedation and anesthesia guidelines.

ADA members interested in providing testimony must focus comments on the issues noted in Resolution 77H-2015 and register by emailing the council at A second opportunity for the communities of interest to provide written comments will be scheduled in early summer.

The hearings come 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 had agreed on the proposed changes; the council unanimously supported transmittal of Resolution 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 and its anesthesiology committee will consider all comments received in August. The council’s conclusions and recommendations will be reported to the 2016 ADA House of Delegates. For more information on the April hearing and to register, visit and search for “ADA Members Open Hearing: Anesthesia and Sedation Guidelines.”