A dental anaesthesiologist has taken a long route to their career. First, they have obtained an undergraduate university degree. Next, they successfully complete dental school. The last major step is completing a qualifying residency in dental anaesthesia. This typically takes 2-3 years, and all current training programs are now 3 years in length. The only accredited training program in Canada is at the University of Toronto, but there are many other excellent programs in the USA and worldwide. Many dental anesthesia programs worldwide combine research and a Master’s degree along with clinical education.
Dental Anaesthesia residents receive extensive clinical training through rotations with affiliated teaching hospitals as well as in dedicated dental anaesthesia surgicentres. Residents master a wide range of anaesthetic techniques, including conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia for both adult, paediatric and special needs care. Anaesthesia research covers a broad range of topics, from orofacial inflammation to pain mechanisms and control to population studies on access to anaesthesia.
Successful completion of the program entitles the student to challenge the examination of the American Board of Dental Anesthesia. Successful completion of this Board examination allows the student to apply for specialty licensure in Dental Anesthesia from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
A current list of residency programs approved by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology (ADBA) can be found by clicking here.