Tennessee Dental Sedation Information

This page is designed specifically for dentists intending to practice sedation in the state of Tennessee. Below, you will find:

  • Types of sedation permits the state of Tennessee offers
  • The requirements to obtain and maintain those permits
  • A selection of ADMA courses that will fulfill those requirements
  • Links to your state board’s website resources. Click Here to View Tennessee’s Anesthesia Rules
    • See pages 19-20 limited conscious sedation
    • See page 20 for comprehensive conscious sedation
    • See page 27 for sedation permit renewal

Types of Sedation Permits

Tennessee requires training for a limited comprehensive (oral) and comprehensive (IV) conscious sedation. The ADMA offers courses that satisfy these requirements.

To obtain a Limited Comprehensive Conscious (Oral) Sedation Permit, the dentist must complete a minimum of at least 24 hours of didactic education plus 10 clinically oriented experiences. Although our training meets the Tennessee requirements, we have placed a moratorium on Tennessee conscious (oral) sedation registrations until we have a guarantee that graduates will achieve their permit.

Click here to view qualifying Limited Comprehensive (Oral) Conscious Sedation Courses.

To obtain a Comprehensive Conscious (IV) Sedation Permit, the dentist must have successfully completed  a minimum of 60 hours of didactic instruction plus the management of at least 20 patients. The ADMA is a pre-approved for its Comprehensive Conscious (IV) Sedation training.

Click here to view qualifying Comprehensive (IV) Conscious Sedation Courses.

CE Requirements to Maintain your Permit

Tennessee dentists are required to complete 4 CE credit every 2 years. The ADMA offers CE courses that qualify for 10 CE credits per day of training. Find links to qualifying sedation CE courses below.

Adult Oral Sedation CE Courses

Pediatric Oral Sedation CE Courses

Parenteral (IV) Sedation CE Courses


This page was last updated 12 February 2024. Your state dental board will have the most current regulatory information.