Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry Rule §6.13 requires dentists to complete at least 16 hours of instructive classroom training with clinically-oriented patient experiences, and obtain a "B-2" permit before providing their patients with minimal sedation using oral sedatives in-office (with or without nitrous).*
*When the intent is oral anxiolysis by prescription, a permit is not required.
Effective August 20, 2010: Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry Rule §6.15(2)(b) requires dental offices where local anesthesia is administered to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) among other required emergency equipment and drugs.
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
Massachusetts: 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.
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