North Carolina

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Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners Rule §21 NCAC 16Q .0301(i)(1) requires a dentist to complete at least 24 hours of instructive classroom training, document 3 live patient experiences, and obtain a permit before administering Moderate oral sedation to their adult patients.*

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*In-office minimal sedation requires an 18-hour permit. Single- dose anxiolysis by prescription, with or without nitrous, does not require a permit. Grandfathering is also authorized for obtaining a permit.

DOCS Education’s 'Oral Sedation Dentistry' course is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners as a program that meets the classroom training (didactic) requirement for a minimal or limited moderate conscious sedation permit.**

**Board-approval in no way constitutes endorsement.

Permit Renewal Requirements (Oral and IV): Six (6) hours every two (2) years, but renew every one (1) year when renewing license (i.e. by March 31st) ACLS qualifies for renewal.

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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.