florida sedation regulations

Oral, IV and Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Regulations

The Florida Board of Dentistry requires a dentist to complete a 60-hour I.V. sedation course, administer 20 clinical patient cases, and obtain a permit before providing oral or IV conscious sedation to dental patients.*

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*When the intent is single-agent anxiolysis only, a sedation permit is not required. NOTE: a dispensing permit is required to dispense any oral sedative in-office.

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NOTE: Every dental office in he state of Florida is required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED). The dentist and staff must be prepared to use this equipment in an emergency.

Regulatory assistance: DOCS Education membership provides direct access to our full-time Regulatory Counsel for assistance in complying with the training and equipment requirements, obtaining your permit, and addressing advertising issues.

Why Do Oral Sedation?

An estimated 100 Million (nearly 30%) people nationwide are in need of dental care but too fearful to seek you out. To date, access to care for these patients has been limited. Now you can help.

Practicing oral sedation has many advantages for you, not the least of which is treating a more comfortable patient. Other advantages are: performing more dentistry in a single visit instead of having the patient come back again and again; bigger restorative cases from patients who were previously reluctant due to anxiety; and patients feeling little to no post-operative discomfort regardless of the procedure - resulting in more referrals.

And for your patients it means something else. A comfortable experience - often with no recollection of the visit or the time passed. I often hear of patients who call their dentist the next day not to complain, but to express their gratitude and delight in their first ever visit to the dentist without fear.