Anesthesiology recognized as a dental specialty

Dental anesthesiology becomes the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.

The recognition comes after the National Commission on March 11 adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.

“This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs,” said Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.

The ADA House of Delegates in 2017 established the National Commission to oversee the decision-making process for recognizing dental specialties. The “Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties” is still managed by the ADA’s Council on Education and Licensure and the ADA House of Delegates.

Dental anesthesiology now joins the following dental specialties: dental public health; endodontics; oral and maxillofacial pathology; oral and maxillofacial radiology; oral and maxillofacial surgery; orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics; pediatric dentistry; periodontics; and prosthodontics.

Dental specialties are recognized “to protect the public, nurture the art and science of dentistry and improve the quality of care,” according to the National Commission website.

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