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In order to obtain a permit to administer conscious sedation in a dental practice, a Connecticut licensed dentist must satisfy the following requirements:


Hold current certification in both Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association; 


The applicant’s entire staff must hold current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support  by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association;


Successful completion of an on-site evaluation.  The on-site evaluation includes:


Observation of the parental conscious sedation technique employed by the practitioner during a minimum of two operative cases, the total time for both cases shall not exceed two hours;


An exact simulation of the method of management of medical emergencies demonstrated by the practitioner with full participation of the office staff.  For a listing of some of the medical emergencies which may be included in the simulation, please refer to  Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, Section 20-123-6(b);


A review of the practitioner's office equipment, emergency drugs and anesthesia records to determine full compliance with the requirements established in the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies;


An exit interview between the practitioner and evaluation team for the purpose of reviewing deficiencies and making suggestions for improvement of the office facility and patient emergency management;


Successful completion of one of the following education or training routes:


1.  Graduated within the two years prior to applying for the permit, from a dental school or post-doctorate dental residency program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA), which included:


A didactic course in conscious sedation in dentistry with a curriculum that fulfills the minimum requirements set out in the ADA Council on Dental Education, "Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dentistry"; and at least four weeks active participation in full-time rotation in hospital operating room anesthesia; or


Ten documented clinical cases utilizing parenterally administered conscious sedation in the dental operatory.


2.  Successfully completed an "Intensive Course" or a "Supplemental or Refresher Course" in a post-doctoral continuing education program, structured in accordance with Part Three of the ADA Council on Dental Education "Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dentistry"; or


3.  Documented by patient anesthesia or sedation records the completion of a minimum of 12 parenterally administered conscious sedation procedures per year performed in the office, for each of the 3 one-year periods immediately preceding the date of application and completed at least 24 hours of continuing education in one of the following areas within the 3 year period immediately preceding the issuance of the permit:  anesthesia, parenterally administered conscious sedation, or emergency medicine; or


4.  Completion of a full course in a post-doctorate training program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, approved by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA); or


5.  Completion of a minimum of one-year full-time training in a post-doctoral program in Anesthesiology, structured in accordance with Part Two of the ADA Council on Dental Education "Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dentistry"; or


6.  Hold current certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and have graduated from dental school or a post-doctoral dental residency training program no later than 1966; or


7.  Have been limiting practice to oral and maxillofacial surgery for a period of at least the ten years immediately preceding the date of application for a conscious sedation permit.




A completed application form and fee of $200.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to "Treasurer, State of Connecticut";


Notarized copies of the applicant’s current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support;


Notarized copies of applicant’s staff’s certification in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support;


Appropriate documentation of completion of the requisite education or training as outlined above:  Please refer to the application for the appropriate verification forms.


All supporting documents should be forwarded to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Dental Anesthesia/Conscious Sedation Permits

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1929

Email: Dph.Dentalteam@ct.gov