Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include 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.

Robert Coles Lifetime Achievement Award

President Jeff Wallen presents the award to Dr. Coles

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Incoming President Dr. Ann Holzhauer presents outgoing president Dr. Jeff Wallen with a plaque in appreciation of his two years of outstanding leadership.


President Dr. Jeff Wallen holds the plaque to be installed in the South Carolina Dental Association office commemorating the Bob Coles Lifetime Achievement Award. The plaque will list the award recipients. Dr. Coles received the first one at this year’s annual meeting.