Blake-Current law and regulation governing patient sedation in the dental setting




Course Summary:
This course will provide a brief history of dental patient sedation guidelines and regulation in California. It will focus on specific State Board and regulatory changes that resulted from the loss of a sedated minor in a dental office and the legislation known as SB501. The course will provide current sedation guidance, examples of practical pediatric dental applications in teaching and private practice environments. It will include licensing and State Board updated information. The course will also highlight ongoing advocacy efforts and applicable legislative initiatives.

Educational Objectives:

After attending this seminar, the participant will be able to:
  • Gain insight into the changing dental sedation regulatory landscape
  • Understand current Dental Board patient sedation guidelines
  • Current permitting process and timelines
  • Review applicable State laws
  • Local, State and Federal patient and provider sedation landscape and advocacy efforts

CE Credit Units:


Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Dental Auxiliaries and Dental Office Staff

Instructor Info:

John Blake, DDS  is the Executive Director and Dental Director of the Children’s Dental Health Clinic ( in Long Beach, CA. This private non-profit program and teaching facility helps the comprehensive dental needs of underserved, special needs and medically complex patients in their (main) Long Beach and Catalina Island programs. The CDHC is a clinical training site for 4 (PY2) Pediatric Dental Residents from the U.S.C. Ostrow School of Dentistry. He also helped start the C.A.R.E. Dental program at St. Mary’s hospital. This grant funded; non-profit program is specific to patients with H.I.V. His first 12 years were spent in private practice. Dr. Blake is the president of the Living Hope Clinical Foundation, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a part-time faculty member of the U.S.C. School of Dentistry, a member of the A.D.A council on government affairs and the 2023 president of the California Dental Association.


Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

Dr. Blake has no conflicts of interest

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