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Sedation and Anesthesia

Continuing Education Requirements

Like dental licenses, sedation permits in Kentucky are valid for up to 24 months and must be renewed by Dec. 31 of every odd numbered year. In addition to the 30 hours of Continuing Education needed for license renewal, sedation permits (Moderate Sedation, Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia) require an additional four hours of clinical sedation training, which must be in a classroom setting. Further, certification in ACLS (for adult sedation) and/or PALS (for pediatric sedation) must be maintained. For details, see the complete rule on permit renewal below or view the CE Requirements Chart:


201 KAR 8:550, Section 8. Renewal of a Sedation or Anesthesia Permit. 

(1) A qualified dentist applying for renewal of an active permit to administer moderate sedation, or deep sedation or general anesthesia shall: (a) Submit an Application for Renewal of Sedation or Anesthesia Permit; (b) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520; (c) Complete at least four (4) hours of clinical continuing education related to sedation or anesthesia in a classroom setting during the two (2) year term of the permit; and (d) Maintain ACLS or PALS certification as required by Sections 5 and 6 of this administrative regulation. 

(2) The continuing education requirements of this section shall be in addition to the license renewal requirements of 201 KAR 8:532. 

(3) Unless properly renewed, each permit issued under this administrative regulation shall expire on December 31 of odd-number years.


CE Requirements Chart

Enteral and Parenteral Sedation Permit Holders

In July 2020, the Moderate Pediatric, Enteral, and Parenteral Sedation permits were all discontinued in favor of a single Moderate Sedation category. Pre-existing permits will remain active until Dec. 31, 2021, at which point they must be renewed as the new Moderate Sedation permit. However, current Moderate Enteral and Parenteral Sedation permit holders will have until the end of 2023 to meet the enhanced educational requirements of the consolidated Moderate Sedation permit if they have not already done so.