virginia sedation regulations

Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations

After November 1, 2016: Virginia Board of Dentistry Rule §18VAC60-20-120(F) requires dentists to complete a single program of at least 60 hours of instructive classroom training with 20 clinical patient cases, and to obtain and display their permit before providing their patients with moderate sedation using oral sedatives.*

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is required for the moderate oral sedation permit. (PALS is required if patients are <13yo.)

Please contact a DOCS Education customer service representative at (877) 325-3627 to explore your options or if you want to update your training.

For a complete list of dates and locations for sedation dentistry courses go to

*Minimal sedation does not require a permit, but the Virginia Board of Dentistry wants a dentist who utilizes anxiolysis or inhalation analgesia to have training in and knowledge of medications used, the appropriate dosages and the potential complications of administration.

Moderate sedation permit renewal requirements: Four (4) hours of CE every two (2) years. Hygienists as well.

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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.