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Dental Surgeons of Ontario
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Sedation and/or General Anesthesia Inspection Program

The College inspects offices and reviews patient records regularly to ensure that every office and dentist that administers sedation and/or general anesthesia complies with the College's Standard of Practice for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice.

The Standard:

  • Sets the training and qualifications for dentists who wish to administer sedation and/or general anesthesia in dental practice.
  • Outlines the sedation equipment and emergency drugs required for this purpose.
  • Governs the levels of sedation based on the type of permit issued and through inspections 

The purpose of the inspection program is to ensure:

  • Sedation equipment is present and has been properly maintained.
  • Emergency drugs are present and have not expired.
  • The sedation team has up-to-date CPR certification.
  • The dental office has adequate access for emergency stretchers.

This checklist sets out the requirements for dental offices in more detail.

Every office providing sedation and/or general anesthesia services must have a permit issued by the College.

Every dentist who administers a level of sedation governed by the College is required to have their training and qualifications approved by the College. If approved, the dentist is issued an sedation and/or general anesthesia authorization.

All permits and authorizations must be renewed annually.

How often do inspections take place?

An initial inspection takes place before a permit is issued. Once a permit is issued, the office is inspected once every three years.