Dominic Lu, DDS, President
Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD, Vice-President
Joseph Portale, DMD, Executive Secretary & Treasurer
Members of the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry (ASAASD) are always available for consultation and continuing dialogues you will find useful in your daily sedation practice.
Historically, Dr. Hillel Feldman founded the original American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry (ASAAD) in 1929. Dr. Feldman had a pioneering spirit and sought ways to deliver pain-free dental care. He brought modern methods of delivering anesthesia into the dental operatories of his time. The main purpose of our society has changed little since then. Anxiety and pain control in dentistry continues to be the main mission of our society. Today, this goal is achieved by the use of oral sedation, intramuscular sedation, intravenous sedation, and inhalation sedation. Among these modalities, the intravenous route is the safest, most effective, and most predictable form.
ASAASD believes that dentists who wish to practice any form of sedation are best served by comprehensive conscious sedation training. The Society recognizes that existing programs in enteral (oral) sedation do comply with regulations and do follow published guidelines. Nonetheless, the ASAASD believes that the knowledge and skills of more rigorously trained clinicians along with their ongoing and routine utilization of intravenous techniques increases the likelihood that they will respond rapidly and appropriately to urgencies and emergencies that may arise whenever sedation in any form is administered.
The Society will continue to focus its effort on educating clinicians who choose to commit to a comprehensive parenteral sedation course. The Society will also sponsor continuing education programs designed for the professional development of all dentists interested in anesthesia and sedation.
If you are interested in bringing your practice to a higher level, please contact the Society to inquire about the intravenous conscious sedation and training we offer. Our dental sedation certification can give you the training, knowledge, and encouragement to successfully use this modality in your office. For additional information regarding our services, please contact Dr. Joseph Portale at his office (201) 945-5777 or cell phone (201) 723-4679.