Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Conforming rules to ADA guidelines on moderate sedation
Action 4748
General Information
Action Summary A revision of the American Dental Association (ADA) Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Anxiety and Pain in Dentistry was published in October of 2016. Currently, Board regulations specify that education and training for conscious/moderate sedation must be consistent with the ADA Guidelines. With the revision, certain training requirements and uses of terminology are now inconsistent with the Guidelines, now entitled Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students. Consequently, the Board has: 1) amended the use of the term conscious/moderate sedation throughout the chapter to refer to moderate sedation; 2) changed the name of the Guidelines consistent with the 2016 title; and 3) eliminated the training for dentist to administer moderate sedation by the enteral method only, as the Guidelines no longer make a distinction for enteral administration and specify the same training for all who administer moderate sedation.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004975]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7811 Fast-Track Stage withdrawn on 03/01/2017. Deemed not appropriate for Fast-Track.
7854 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 06/14/2017.
8057 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/23/2018.
8233 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/28/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jamie Sacksteder  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4581    FAX: (804)698-4266    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.