Dental anesthesiology has become the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.
The commission adopted a resolution in March based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty. The ADA House of Delegates in 2017 established the commission to oversee the decision-making process for recognizing dental specialties.
Dental anesthesiology now joins the following dental specialties: dental public health; endodontics; oral and maxillofacial pathology; oral and maxillofacial radiology; oral and maxillofacial surgery; orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics; pediatric dentistry; periodontics; and prosthodontics.
Dental specialties are recognized “to protect the public, nurture the art and science of dentistry and improve the quality of care,” according to the commission’s webpage on ada.org.