District of Columbia
Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations
American Dental Association sedation guidelines provide that a dentist should complete at least 24 hours of instructive classroom training with at least 10 clinical patient experiences before providing healthy adult patients with minimal and moderate sedation using oral sedatives (incl. Valium®)* Find available training courses.
*ADA guidelines recommend 16 hours training for minimal sedation. The DC Board of Dentistry does not currently require formal training before providing oral conscious sedation to adult dental patients.
NOTE: In order to practice within the standard of care, the following are recommended:
Moderate oral sedation standard of care
(2007 ADA guidelines):
- Pulse oximeter
- Portable positive pressure oxygen with appropriate oral and nasal airways
- Emergency drugs (flumazenil, ephinephrine, glucose, nitroglycerin, antihistamine, albuterol)
Strongly recommended by DOCS:
- 18 hours didactic team training
- 14 hour didactic training course for sedating medically complex patients
- PALS (if treating pediatric patients)