WSR 05-09-001

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed April 7, 2005, 8:13 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Administration of anesthetic agents for dental procedures, to include WAC 246-817-701 Purpose, 246-817-710 Definitions, 246-817-720 Basic life support, 246-817-730 Local anesthesia, 246-817-740 Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, 246-817-750 Conscious sedation with an oral agent, 246-817-760 Conscious sedation with parenteral or multiple oral agents, 246-817-770 General anesthesia (including deep sedation), and 246-817-780 Mandatory reporting of death or significant complications.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.32.0365 and 18.32.640.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules on this subject need to be amended to accurately reflect the current use of general anesthesia and conscious sedation in the dental office setting. There have been changes in scope of practice, technology, and procedures over the past several years that make it necessary to update the current rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Anderson, Program Manager, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, (360) 236-4863, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail lisa.anderson@doh.wa.gov. We anticipate conducting multiple open public forums. Please submit any comments or suggestions in writing, along with a statement regarding your interest in continued participation in the rule-making process.

February 24, 2005

Joy N. King

Executive Director

Health Section #3

Washington State Code Reviser's Office