This message requires specific attention from moderate sedation facility owners who have not already submitted self-assessments. It is being distributed to all registrants and certified dental assistants because all clinical sedation team members in moderate sedation facilities are assessed.
Starting spring 2022, all dental facilities that provide moderate sedation (parental or enteral) will be required to participate in a confidential assessment process that includes both self-assessments and in-office assessments.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our registrants who are clinical sedation and/or general anesthesia team members have experienced difficulty registering for and/or attending required in-person courses. In recognition of this, we announced last April that courses with in-person components could be deferred. This deferral is extended again until May 1, 2021
We are seeking ways to reduce barriers to our registrants and support the need for physical distancing in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The following announcement applies to sedation providers and to deep sedation and general anesthetic service facilities.
BCCOHP’s expectation is that clinical staff on the sedation team hold current BLS certification as defined by the course provider. It is up to the registrant to determine whether the course meets BCCOHP’s requirements (see below) and that your certification is valid.
If you or your dental facility currently administers minimal, oral or parenteral moderate, deep sedation or general anesthesia, please ensure you read the following updates and ensure you understand how they relate to your practice.