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Permit Required
Dentists licensed in this state shall not administer deep sedation/general anesthesia or administer moderate sedation in the practice of dentistry until they have obtained a permit from the Board. Dentists licensed in this state shall not administer nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia in the practice of dentistry until they have complied with the provisions of the Board’s rules.

“Conscious sedation” means moderate sedation.

“Deep sedation/general anesthesia” is a controlled state of unconsciousness, produced by a
pharmacologic agent, accompanied by a partial or complete loss of protective reflexes, including
inability to independently maintain an airway and respond purposefully to physical stimulation or verbal command.

¬†“Moderate sedation” means a drug-induced depression of consciousness, either by enteral or
parenteral means, during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain a patent airway and spontaneous ventilation is adequate. Cardiovascular function is usually maintained. Prior to January 1, 2010, moderate sedation was referred to as conscious sedation.

¬†“Nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia” refers to the administration by inhalation of a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen producing an altered level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to ¬†physical stimulation or verbal command.

Application Forms
Application forms and information pertaining to fees for a sedation or general anesthesia permit are available on this website on the Forms and Fees pages.

Board Rules
For more information on sedation guidelines, please refer to IAC 650--Chapter 29, which you can access here.