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Updated Sedation Rule

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission recently adopted amendments to include specific requirements and exceptions for dentists when sedating pediatric patients (WAC 246-817-760-Moderate Sedation Parenteral Agents).

The adopted rule amendments update monitoring and equipment requirements to align with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s current standards and set minimum patient safety standards while administering moderate sedation with parenteral agents. 

Specifically, the adopted rule amendments adds monitoring and equipment requirements with three exceptions for dentists when sedating children related to intravenous infusions, monitoring expired carbon dioxide (CO2), and monitoring end-tidal CO2 as well as requires all dentists administering moderate sedation with parenteral agents to monitor appropriate patient vitals.

View a copy of the updated rule. The updated rule becomes effective April 8, 2017

To see what other dental-related rules are in progress, check out the Department of Health’s rules page
 

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