Dental Board Hearings focus on Anesthetic guidelines

The State Board of Dental Examiners began hearings Monday, September 12, according to KXAN. They are discussing the development of guidelines for dentists administering anesthesia to patients.

Furthermore, recent deaths and medical emergencies involving patients under anesthesia are under investigation by the board. The proposed changes must be sent to lawmakers in January of next year. One of the plans discussed during the meeting of dentists is requiring a written emergency plan for anesthesia and a permit for holders and for those doing anesthesia inspections and evaluations.

Dr. Nick Lee with Texas Society of Anesthesiologists said, “You could be the best anesthesiologist, CRNA, dental anesthesiologist. Your training could be perfect and that patient can be healthy, but bad things happen.”

At the dental offices of Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., the gentle sedation dentistry we offer at our Leander dental offices is ideal for many of our patients. To schedule an appointment with one our dental professionals, contact our Leander offices by calling (512) 259-3365 today.