Any person licensed or permitted to practice dentistry in the State of Alabama shall be authorized to use anesthesia in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(1) All dentists are authorized to use local anesthesia.
(2) Twelve months after May 29, 1985, no dentist shall use general anesthesia on an outpatient basis for dental patients, unless such dentist possesses a permit of authorization issued by the Board of Dental Examiners.
a. In order to receive such permit, the dentist must apply on a prescribed application form to the Board of Dental Examiners, submit an application fee, and produce evidence showing that he or she:
1. Has completed a minimum of one year of advanced training in anesthesiology and related academic subjects (or its equivalent) beyond the undergraduate dental school level in a training program as described in Part II of the guidelines for teaching the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in dentistry; or
2. Is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or is eligible for examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; or
3. Employs or works in conjunction with a qualified medical doctor who is a member of the anesthesiology staff in an accredited hospital, provided that such anesthesiologist must remain on the premises of the dental facility until any patient given a general anesthetic regains consciousness and is discharged; and
4. Has a properly equipped facility for the administration of general anesthesia staffed with a supervised team of auxiliary personnel capable of reasonably assisting the dentist with procedures, problems, and emergencies incident thereto. Adequacy of the facility and competence of the anesthesia team shall be determined by the Board of Dental Examiners as outlined below.
5. Possesses current training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and basic life support certification.
b. Prior to the issuance of such permit, the Board of Dental Examiners, at its discretion, may require an on-site inspection of the facility, equipment, and personnel to determine if, in fact, the aforementioned requirements have been met. This evaluation shall be carried out in a manner prescribed by the board. The evaluation shall be conducted by a team of three examiners appointed by the Board of Dental Examiners. These examiners shall be dentists who are authorized to administer general anesthesia. If the results of the initial evaluation are deemed unsatisfactory, the applicant may reapply for a permit subject to the correction of the deficiencies outlined in the original evaluation.
(3) Each dentist who is licensed to practice dentistry in the state on May 29, 1985, who desires to continue to use general anesthesia shall make application on the prescribed form to the Board of Dental Examiners within 12 months of May 29, 1985. If he or she meets the requirements of this section, he or she shall be issued such a permit. If the applicant does not meet the requirements of paragraph a. of subdivision (2) of this section, he or she may be entitled to a "general anesthesia permit" provided said applicant passes to the satisfaction of the board an on-site inspection as provided for in paragraph b. of subdivision (2) of this section.
(4) Each dentist who has not been using general anesthesia prior to May 29, 1985, may be granted by the board a temporary provisional permit based on the applicant's producing evidence that he or she has complied with paragraph a. of subdivision (2) of this section above pending complete processing of the application and thorough investigation of an on-site evaluation as described in paragraph b. of subdivision (2) of this section.
Last modified: May 3, 2021