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Arizona Considers Changing Rules Regarding Dental Anesthesia


Since 2017 in the state of Arizona, two children have died due to complications from anesthesia administered in a dental setting and four others required emergency medical treatment but survived. In response, the Arizona State Dental Board is considering the following changes for dentists who currently hold anesthesia permits:

  1. Earn a pediatric endorsement from the Board of Dental Examiners to give anesthesia or sedation to anyone under the age of 8.
  2. Submit to an evaluation every 2 years.
  3. Administer anesthesia to a minimum of 20 children within those 2 years.

The state legislature will set a deadline for the implementation of changes to prevent the deaths of children in the dental setting. Click here to read more.

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