louisiana sedation regulations

Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations

Effective November 20, 2015, Louisiana State Board of Dentistry Rule §§1503-1504 requires a dentist to complete at least 24 total hours of instructive classroom training, a component on handling emergencies, document 3 live patient cases, and obtain a permit before providing conscious sedation to their adult patients using oral sedatives.*

Find qualifying oral sedation dentistry training courses.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is also required.

*When the intent is oral Anxiolysis only, a permit is not required. Pediatric sedation (<13yo) requires an additional 8 hours of pediatric-specific training with 10 clinical cases and a permit.

Permit Renewal Requirements: Sixteen (16) hours every six (6) years. Three (3) ACLS hours count towards renewal hours & Six (6) PALS hours count toward renewal hours.

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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Regulations

Sedation dentistry for children is a unique science and requires pediatric-specific training. The standard of care for providing pediatric sedation requires several hours of instructive classroom training with clinically-oriented experiences. Learn more about Pediatric Sedation Training Courses availabe nationwide.

IV Sedation Regulations

Most states require dentists to complete a 60-hour didactic course followed by 20 actual clinical patient cases of IV administration plus a permit in order to provide their patients with IV sedation. Find an IV Sedation Training course

Regulatory assistance: DOCS Education membership provides direct access to our full-time Regulatory Counsel for assistance in complying with the training and equipment requirements, obtaining your permit, and addressing advertising issues.

Why Do Oral Sedation?

An estimated 100 Million (nearly 30%) people nationwide are in need of dental care but too fearful to seek you out. To date, access to care for these patients has been limited. Now you can help.

Practicing oral sedation has many advantages for you, not the least of which is treating a more comfortable patient. Other advantages are: performing more dentistry in a single visit instead of having the patient come back again and again; bigger restorative cases from patients who were previously reluctant due to anxiety; and patients feeling little to no post-operative discomfort regardless of the procedure - resulting in more referrals.

And for your patients it means something else. A comfortable experience - often with no recollection of the visit or the time passed. I often hear of patients who call their dentist the next day not to complain, but to express their gratitude and delight in their first ever visit to the dentist without fear.