Can all dentists provide sedation or general anesthesia in their offices?

Dentists are trained in minimal sedation; however, those offering moderate sedation to general anesthesia must have the appropriate qualifications and be registered with the BC College of Oral Health Professionals.

Dentists may work with other health care professionals to provide sedation and anesthesia such as an anesthesiologist, a registered nurse as well as specifically qualified dental team members. The dentist and the facility where the sedation is being administered must meet rigorous requirements in order to be accredited to deliver moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia.

What level of training is required?

Training determines what level of sedation a dentist or certified specialist can provide. Competency is based on education through the undergraduate dental program, postgraduate training and continuing professional education. Supervised clinical practice experience is also required for advanced levels of sedation.

How do I know if my dentist/dental office can provide sedation?

Speak to your dentist about their qualifications before treatment, as well as the qualifications of their staff and any other health care professionals they work with (i.e. anesthesiologists, registered nurses). Contact the BC College of Oral Health Professionals to confirm the dentist can provide sedation or general anesthesia in their office.

Review the complete FAQ on Sedation and General Anesthesia.