In case you missed the announcement last week, dental anesthesiology became the 10th ADA-recognized specialty in 20 years. The recognition comes after the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.
The New York State Board of Regents, the sole arbiter regarding specialties in New York State, accepts the specialty designations made by the American Dental Association. Therefore, dentists with the proper qualifications can announce they are a specialist in Dental Anesthesiology. Note: The phrase “practice limited to…” is not recommended as it precludes doing any other treatment than the one listed, unless it is true that you never do anything other than this one aspect of dental care. Best to state that you “specialize in dental anesthesia.”