Current Rules and Regulations

California Institute of Dental Education

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California Business and Professional Code.
ARTICLE 2.86 Use of Oral Conscious Sedation for Adult Patients
§ 1647.18. Definitions
      (a) “Adult patient” means a dental patient 13 years of age or older.
      (b) “Certification” means the issuance of a certificate to a dentist licensed by the board who provides the board with his or her name         and the location at which the administration of oral conscious sedation will occur.
      (c) “Oral conscious sedation” means a minimally depressed level of consciousness produced by oral medication that retains the               patient’s ability to maintain independently and continuously an airway, and respond appropriately to physical stimulation or verbal             command. “Oral conscious sedation” does not include dosages less than or equal to the single maximum recommended dose that           can be prescribed for home use.

The drugs and techniques used in oral conscious sedation shall have a margin of safety wide enough to render unintended loss of consciousness unlikely. Further, patients whose only response is reflex withdrawal from panful stimuli would not be considered to be in a state of oral conscious sedation.
For the handicapped individual, incapable of the usually expected verbal response, a minimally depressed level of consciousness for that individual should be maintained.

§1647.19. License and conditions required to administer oral conscious sedation.
(a) A dentist may not administer oral conscious sedation on an outpatient basis to an adult patient unless the dentist possesses a current license in good standing to practice dentistry in California, and one of the following conditions are met:
(1) The dentist holds a valid general anesthesia permit, holds a conscious sedation permit, has been certified by the board to administer oral sedation to adult patients, or has been certified by the board to administer oral conscious sedation to minor patients.



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