A new study shows that there’s a large disparity among dentists when it comes to the amount of training they’ve had and the usage when it comes to anesthesia.
For an article in the June issue of Anesthesia Progress, more than 700 dentists were surveyed. The study analyzed all aspects of anesthesia, including training and its application. The study began in April 2008 and concluded in December of that year.
The most common training came from oral surgery residences, while 33 percent said their post-graduate instruction was hospital-based.
Among dental anesthesia assistants, 35 percent had no formal training. The American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons was credited with training 33.5 percent. There were only 7.3 percent trained by an American Dental Society of Anesthesiology program.
The postanesthesia care was handled by the actual provider 51.7 percent of the time. In 45 percent of cases, the nurse or assistant gave the recovery care.
In 82 percent of cases, the survey respondent filled both the dentist and anesthetist role. But due to new state regulations, that is becoming the case less. Dental schools in the United States are also beginning to reduce that method of practice.