Large Number of Dental Sedation Regulation Changes in United States and Canada within Past Year

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Since the American Dental Association updated their sedation dentistry guidelines in 2007, states and provinces have responded by updating and passing new regulations. In honor of Sedation Safety Week 2011, and to raise awareness, John Bitting, Regulatory Counsel for DOCS Education, has composed a list of the states and provinces that have changed or created new sedation regulations since January 2010.

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“Many states changed their regulations within the last year because of the 2007 ADA guidelines, which most states follow in whole or in part.”

As part of Sedation Safety Week, DOCS Education’s Regulatory Counsel, John Bitting, released a comprehensive list yesterday of all the states and provinces that changed or updated dental sedation regulations since January 2010.

In the past 14 months, 14 states and provinces have amended their dental sedation regulations largely due to the American Dental Association (ADA) sedation dentistry guidelines that were revised in 2007. Each regulation change brings the respective state or province more in line with the 2007 ADA guidelines.

“Many states changed their regulations within the last year because of the 2007 ADA guidelines, which most states follow in whole or in part,” states Bitting, whose practice focuses on dental sedation and advertising regulations. “Regulatory changes come very slowly, and that accounts for the 3-year delay. “

Some of the states and provinces on the list include Alberta, Oregon, Utah, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Georgia. Dental sedation guidelines for states such as Missouri, Texas and Michigan are expected to change in the near future.

“The number of states without oral sedation regulations is dwindling since just this February because Kentucky and Utah both adopted new oral sedation regulations that became effective only five days apart,” Bitting adds. “Previously these states didn’t require a permit or training for oral sedation.”

Sedation dentistry has helped millions fearful and anxious patients around North America receive the dental care they need. Exact regulations vary by state; find an explanation on each state’s updated regulations at sedationregulations.com.

DOCS Education’s Sedation Safety Week raises awareness on the importance of practicing safe sedation dentistry. Please visit DOCSeducation.org for more information.

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