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ADA House Does Not Approve New Dental Specialty

October 23rd, 2012

After almost a year of speculation, the ADA House of Delegates voted on October 22, 2012 to not approve Resolution 16, which called for the recognition of dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.

The House reiterated its position the following day, when on October 23, delegates voted against a reconsideration of the Resolution.

Following the action of ADA House of Delegates, AAOMS President Dr. Miro A. Pavelka stated, "This decision signals the ADA House's support for the time-tested and proven dental anesthesia model, which for almost 100 years has held that anesthesia is a core competency of dentistry which all dentists are able to provide commensurate with their education, training, competence and experience."