To administer minimal sedation, a dentist must complete a course in either dental school or postgraduate instruction. The length of course required depends upon the method of minimal sedation (WAC 246-817-740, WAC 246-817-745). To administer nitrous oxide or minimal sedation with a single oral agent, a dentist must have completed a course (in either dental school or postgraduate instruction) containing a minimum of 14 hours.
In order to administer any oral agent in combination with a different agent or multiple agents other than nitrous oxide a dentist must have completed a course (in either dental school or postgraduate instruction) containing a minimum of 21 hours.
In addition to the 14 or 21 hour training requirement stated above, a dentist must participate in seven hours of continuing education every five years. The continuing education must include instruction in one or more of the following areas: sedation, physiology, pharmacology, inhalation analgesia, patient evaluation, patient monitoring, or medical emergencies (WAC 246-817-740, WAC 246-817-745).
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