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DQAC To Review Final Dental Anesthesia Assistant Rules

On June 7, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold a public rules hearing on dental anesthesia assistants. The hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. and be held at the Department of Health Offices in Tumwater. You can view a copy of the proposed rules here. To submit written comments directly to DQAC, visit the policy review page on the Department of Health’s website. The last day to submit written comments is May 31, 2013.

The dental anesthesia assistant credential is being created following the passage of Senate Bill 5620 during the 2012 Legislative Session.  This legislation was supported by the Washington State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and WSDA. SB 5620 authorized DQAC to develop rules for approving training programs, renewing and issuing credentials, and continuing education requirements for dental anesthesia assistants. DQAC has been in the process of writing rules for dental anesthesia assistants since March of 2012.

Under the proposed rules, dental anesthesia assistant applicants must complete the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE), the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants Course provided by the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, or a “substantially equivalent education and training approved by the commission.” Training must include eight hours of didactic training including intravenous access, anatomy, technique, risks and complications, and hands on experience starting and maintaining intravenous lines with at least ten successful intravenous starts on a human or simulator. Once certified, dental anesthesia assistants may only be supervised by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dental anesthesiologist who holds a valid Washington state general anesthesia permit when performing the functions of a dental anesthesia assistant.

If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed rules please contact Mike Walsh at or by phone at 206-448-1914.

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