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New York State Officially Adopts Dental Anesthesiology As a Dental Specialty

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Per the Notice of Adoption below, dental anesthesiology, effective May 20, 2020, is now an officially recognized dental specialty in New York State and dental anesthesiology residency programs are recognized for licensure purposes.  


Residency Program Requirement for Dental Licensure


5/20/20 N.Y. St. Reg. EDU-04-20-00005-A



May 20, 2020





I.D No. EDU-04-20-00005-A

Filing No. 333

Filing Date. May. 05, 2020

Effective Date. May. 20, 2020


Residency Program Requirement for Dental Licensure


PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE State Administrative Procedure Act, NOTICE is hereby given of the following action:


Action taken:

Amendment of section 61.18 of Title 8 NYCRR.


Statutory authority:

Education Law, sections 207, 6504, 6506, 6507, 6601, 6604 and 6605-a



Residency Program Requirement for Dental Licensure.



Adds dental anesthesiology to the list of accredited residency programs in a specialty of dentistry.


Text or summary was published

in the January 29, 2020 issue of the Register, I.D. No. EDU-04-20-00005-P.


Final rule as compared with last published rule:

No changes.


Text of rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from:

Kirti Goswami, NYS Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 112EB, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 476-6400, email:


Initial Review of Rule

As a rule that requires a RFA, RAFA or JIS, this rule will be initially reviewed in the calendar year 2023, which is no later than the 3rd year after the year in which this rule is being adopted.


Assessment of Public Comment


Since publication of a Notice of Proposed Making in the State Register on January 29, 2020, the State Education Department has received the following comments:



Several comments noted that accepting Dental Anesthesiology as a licensure qualifying specialty in New York will increase access to care to underserved populations by increasing the number of dental anesthesia providers in the State who are able to provide sedation to special needs and anxious patients.



The Department appreciates the supportive comments as it works to both protect the public and provide greater access to oral health services for all New Yorkers and especially our most vulnerable populations.



Dental Anesthesiology faculty from a number of programs across the country were all in support of the proposed regulation amendment and commented that the extra year of General Practice Residency is an unreasonable requirement and adds an additional financial burden on the resident. Despite New York having four of the seven anesthesia programs in the nation, they said that as a result of the current General Practice requirement, most of the best trained dentists in dental anesthesiology are not applying for licenses in New York State.


To that end, several former New York dental anesthesia residents wrote in supporting the amendment and stated that the reason they chose to practice in another state was because of the additional one-year General Practice Residency Requirement or completion of another licensure qualifying specialty.



On March 11, 2019, the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards voted to recognize Dental anesthesiology as the tenth recognized dental specialty of the American Dental Association. Shortly afterwards, the Department began the process of amending the regulations to add Dental Anesthesiology as a licensure qualifying specialty in New York.



Patient safety was also addressed in the supportive comments. One dental student noted that the increased number of dental anesthesiologists would lead to increased patient safety when sedation is required. Another noted that recognition of the specialty would give the public a clear and unambiguous standard for dental anesthesia providers.



The Department is in agreement that these highly trained specialists will enhance the delivery of safe dental anesthesia to patients requiring or desiring dental sedation.



Three post-grad residency directors in support of the regulation amendment felt that the increased numbers of dental anesthesiologists could respond to the request for more practitioners who can use ventilators during the COVID-19 health crisis.



The Department agrees that the proposed regulation will increase the number of dental anesthesiologists, however, the comments relating to the COVID-19 crisis are outside the scope of the proposed regulation, therefore no response is needed.