Anesthesia delivery is an integral part of OMS training and patient treatment. The delivery of anesthesia in the OMS office is regulated by state boards of dentistry, which stipulate prerequisite training, staffing and facility requirements.

Trending State Issues: Anesthesia Delivery Changes

Recent legislative and regulatory issues related to anesthesia delivery have focused on challenging the team delivery model, adopting pediatric considerations and amending mandatory equipment requirements to require the use of capnography.

For more information on the issues facing your state, please view the state legislative tracking map, listen to the most recent Advocacy Flash Update or contact the AAOMS Government Affairs Department.


The Dental Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (DAIRS) is an anonymous self-reporting system used to collect and analyze anesthesia incidents in order to improve the quality of dental anesthesia care. All dental anesthesia providers are encouraged to report any unintended events related to the delivery of anesthesia to a dental patient. For more information, to submit an incident report or to test the system, please visit the DAIRS website.

For information on how to incorporate DAIRS into current state morbidity and mortality reporting processes, please contact AAOMS staff.