Conscious Sedation Laws Enforced by the Dental Privacy Act

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Caring for patients in San Francisco, California, William Fay, DDS, focuses on cosmetic orthodontics. A member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics, William Fay, DDS, also maintains membership with the Dental Board of California.

The Dental Board of California safeguards consumers by upholding and enforcing regulations outlined in the Dental Privacy Act. The law covers a range of topics, from licensure and special permits to use of general anesthesia and conscious sedation.

In regard to the latter, the act defines conscious anesthesia as “a minimally depressed level of consciousness produced by a pharmacologic or nonpharmacologic method, or a combination thereof, that retains the patient’s ability to maintain independently and continuously an airway, and respond appropriately to physical stimulation or verbal command.” The definition omits practices that involve oral medication or a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen, individually as well as in combination with one another. Practitioners may not administer conscious sedation in outpatient cases if they do not have a license in good standing within the state and an authorized permit to use general anesthesia. Permits expire and require completion of 15 hours of conscious sedation-focused courses for renewal. Dentists must also be present during all procedures that place patients under sedation.


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Possessing dental offices in South San Francisco, American Canyon, and Mountain View, California, William Fay, DDS, serves as a leading figure in orthodontic care throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Fay draws on four decades of experience in the dental field. He continues to advance his knowledge of the field, staying up to date on the latest techniques and technologies. Most recently, Dr. William Fay has embraced the use of the In-Ovation-C system braces, which gently straightens teeth. As a result, treatment is generally quicker, requires fewer office visits, and allows patients to smile confidently, even during treatment. In order to ensure that every patient receives high-quality care, regardless of their financial status, William Fay, DDS, offers convenient payment plans with little or no interest. He gives patients the opportunity to express what kind of payments they can afford to make each month, then does his best to accommodate those needs. In extreme circumstances, Dr. Fay has even offered treatments at no cost to the patient. Passionate about helping those in need, he makes sure anyone who wants top quality orthodontic care is able to receive it. In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. William Fay serves as Director of Pacific Advisors, a San Francisco-based real estate group. He oversees all operations at the firm, which focuses on commercial and industrial real estate throughout California. He has also been Vice President of the San Francisco Planning Commission, a team of seven consultants charged with planning community development in San Francisco. In this role, he worked directly with the Mayor and City Council on various community issues, including transportation, land use, and neighborhood planning.

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