Policy for Selecting Anesthesia Providers for the Delivery of Office-Based Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that it is the exclusive responsibility of the operating dentist when employing currently-licensed anesthesia providers (CLA) to safely administer deep sedation/general anesthesia (DS/GA) in the dental office to carefully verify and review the credentials (e.g., education, licensure, certifications) and experience of those providers.1 An understanding of the educational and training requirements of the various types of anesthesia professionals and candid discussions with potential anesthesia providers can assist in the vetting and selection of highly skilled CLA to help minimize risk to patients.