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Group applies for recognition as national certifying board for dental anesthesiology specialty

August 26, 2019

By Kimber Solana

The American Dental Board of Anesthesiology submitted on July 25 an application and request to the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards to be recognized as the certifying board for the newly approved specialty of dental anesthesiology.
   
The application comes about four months after the National Commission adopted a resolution to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty, based on its determination that the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists’ application met all the ADA’s Requirements for Recognition of a Dental Specialty.
   
If approved by the National Commission, the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology would become recognized as the national certifying board that administers the board certification examination certifying qualified dentists as diplomats in the specialty of dental anesthesiology. According to the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists, the National Commission will recognize only one certifying board that has a close working relationship with the sponsoring organization.

The national certifying board for dental specialty must go through an application process and meet several requirements as outlined in the ADA’s Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists, according to the National Commission.
    
All documentation in the application is confidential until the review committee has determined that the application is complete. If the application is complete, the National Commission will invite public comment for a 60-day period on whether the applicant has demonstrated that it meets each of the requirements for recognition. Incomplete applications are returned to the sponsoring organization or certifying board for modifications.

The American Dental Board of Anesthesiology examines and certifies dentists who complete an accredited program of anesthesiology training in the U.S. or Canada. 

The group was founded to ensure that dentists who have completed approved dental anesthesiology residency programs have attained, and will maintain, the “highest possible level of knowledge and skill in the spectrum of anesthesiology care for dentistry,” according to its website.
   
The National Commission, at its March 11 meeting, had revised its policies related to the application process requiring it to publish a notification to its communities of interest when an application has been received.
   
The ADA House of Delegates in 2017 established the National Commission to oversee the decision-making process for recognizing dental specialties. The Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties is still managed by the ADA's Council on Education and Licensure and the ADA House of Delegates.
   
For more information on the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, visit ADA.org/en/ncrdscb or by calling 1-312-440-2697.