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State Board Revises Anesthesia Rule Proposal

July 2, 2009

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) has issued a new draft of the proposed rule on anesthesia permits and administration. The revised rule proposal includes new sections that outline how the Board intends to transition current licenses and further detail the requirements for nitrous oxide administration. It also makes some editorial changes for clarification.


State Board Revises Anesthesia Rule and Permit Structure

June 1, 2009

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) recently revised its rule on the administration of anesthesia in an attempt to better define and clarify the permit structure. The proposed rule would reduce the four current anesthesia permits to two proposed permits. The new rule is based on an "anesthesia continuum" that ranges from local to general anesthesia, and focuses on the sedation level of the patient rather than on specific drugs or routes of administration. Requirements become more stringent as one progresses to deeper levels of sedation on the continuum.

Under the new rule, licensed dentists could provide local anesthesia, analgesia and anxiolysis without a permit. In most cases a permit would not be required for nitrous oxide applications performed by a dentist.


ADA Hires New Executive Director

May 5, 2009

Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, D.M.D., M.P.H, has been selected by the American Dental Association Board of Trustees to serve as the next ADA Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, effective June 1, 2009. Dr. O'Loughlin becomes the first female executive director in the ADA's 150-year history.

To read the full press release, please click here.


Red Flags Rule Postponed for 90 Days

May 1, 2009

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations require any business that may provide credit to customers to develop written plans to prevent and detect identity theft. The FTC has deemed dentists and physicians as creditors who are subject to the rule when they don't receive payment in full from their patients at the time of treatment.


CDA Hires New Executive Director

March 17, 2009

After nearly nine years, the CDA's Executive Director Gary Cummins will be leaving the CDA to pursue other opportunities. As a result, the CDA formed a search committee to recruit and select a new leader for your 3,000+ dentist association.

We are happy to welcome Jim Young, who joins the CDA team on March 30, 2009.

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