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Sedation and Anaesthesia

All dentists and certified specialists administering minimal, moderate or deep sedation, or general anaesthesia must comply with CDSBC's standards or guidelines for that modality.

The sedation spectrum ranges from minimal sedation to general anaesthesia. Dentists who are registered to provide one level may also administer the levels below it.

Patients can find out what level of sedation a dentist is registered to provide by searching them in our Registrant Lookup and viewing the "Additional Details" tab.

Minimal and moderate sedation

Minimal sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness in which the patient responds normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command. It is produced by a pharmacological method such as an oral sedative that you can take before a dental procedure. Moderate sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light touch.

Deep sedation

Deep sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients cannot be easily aroused.   

General anaesthesia

General anaesthesia (GA) is a drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimulation.   

CPR Requirements

All dentists and staff who work in sedation facilities are required to maintain CPR health care provider level certification. In addition, some dentists may also require advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) based on the appropriate standards.

  • Courses must be renewed every 2 years: basic life support and advanced life support courses must be renewed at least every 2 years regardless of the expiry indicated by the course provider.
  • Courses must be hands-on: courses completely online are not acceptable. Courses must have a hands-on component for demonstration/evaluation of psychomotor skills.



Contact Ruby Ma, Sedation Program Coordinator, at