Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations
Effective March 2, 2009: Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission Rule §WAC 246-817-745 requires dentists to complete 14 to 21 hours of instructive classroom training before providing their patients with minimal sedation using oral sedatives (incl. Valium®)*
*Moderate sedation with oral sedatives requires an additional 7 hours of training (28 total) and a permit. Training for either level may already have been acquired in dental school or a post-graduate residency.
Effective March 2, 2009: Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission Rule §WAC 246-817-722: 'Every dental office in the state of Washington that administers sedation must have an automated external defibrillator (AED) or defibrillator. The dentist and staff must be prepared to use this equipment in an emergency.'