Dentists in Alberta Suspended from Providing Anesthesia

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The Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) has permanently suspended single operator sedation.

Is this a trend that could spread throughout Canada?

The motion was passed at a meeting on May 24, which states that registered dentists in Alberta can no longer “simultaneously provide deep sedation or general anesthesia and dental treatment.”

The motion also requires the ADA&C council to adopt the American Society of Anesthesiologists Continuum of Depth of Sedation in defining various levels of sedation. The levels range from the lowest “minimal” to the highest “general.”

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  1. It is an entirely appropriate and wise decision.

    The administration of general anaesthesia in dental practices in the UK was banned over 15 years ago due to deaths of young children in a dental chair.

    Since that time, only in a hospital setting with suitably qualified anaesthetists, can general anaesthesia be administered. This decision stopped unnecessary and tragic deaths.

  2. Mark says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Dr. Sanghera. The last thing we need are more reasons to scare off patients from visiting the dentist.

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