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Required Informed Consent For Oral Conscious Sedation In California

SACRAMENTO, California — Passage last year of AB-2235 (Thurmond) made it unprofessional conduct to fail to obtain the specific written informed consent of a patient prior to administering general anesthesia or conscious sedation. In the case of a minor dental patient that consent must contain the following information:

The administration and monitoring of general anesthesia may vary depending on the type of procedure, the type of practitioner, the age and health of the patient, and the setting in which anesthesia is provided. Risks may vary with each specific situation. You are encouraged to explore all the options available for your child's anesthesia for his or her dental treatment, and consult with your dentist or pediatrician as needed.

This initially created a great deal of confusion. It seems a little odd to require a specific consent regarding general anesthesia when, instead, oral conscious sedation is being provided.

With that being said however, the consensus now seems to be that the law does require the specific informed consent statement even if does not apply to the procedure being provided!

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