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Sedation and Anesthesia


Applying for a Facility Permit

Every dental facility/office intending to provide sedation above the minimal level must have a facility permit from the College and must adhere to our Standard of Practice on the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice. The College inspects facilities to ensure compliance with the Standard. There are two types of facility permits: type A and B. It is possible to hold both types.

Dentists can access a list of approved dentists or physicians by logging in to their member resource centre account.

Facility permits are non-transferable. If the ownership of the practice changes or the practice moves, the facility permit will be cancelled.

All permits expire on March 31st of each calendar year, regardless of when in the year they were initially issued. 

Applying for Authorization to Administer

Any dentist or physician who wishes to administer sedation above the minimal level in a dental office must apply to the College to have their training reviewed and approved.

Dentists

There are two types of authorization. The authorization must be compatible with the permit type of the facility.

  • Member authorizations are for dentists who will be using sedation equipment and emergency drugs that are kept onsite in a type A facility. 
  • Visiting member authorizations are for dentists who bring all the necessary sedation equipment and emergency drugs approved by the College to a facility that holds a type B permit.
  • Dentists with a visiting member authorization can also administer in a type A facility, but are restricted to the level of sedation of the type A facility permit. They can only use the facility’s sedation equipment and emergency drugs maintained on-site.
Application for member authorization to administer sedation and general anesthesia.

Physicians

Physicians can apply for two types of privileges.

  • “Physician” applies to physicians who use the sedation equipment and emergency drugs provided by a type A facility.
  • “Visiting physician” applies to physicians who bring all the necessary sedation equipment and emergency drugs Visiting physicians can also administer in a type A facility, but are restricted to the level of sedation outlined on the type A facility permit.
Application for a physician to administer sedation and general anesthesia in a dental office.

Questions about the application process?

Email: sedation@rcdso.org
Phone: 416-934-4331

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