Dental treatment in a hospital operating room is often the most viable or only option for people living with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

Integrating Dentistry into Hospital Service

Basic Dental Equipment List & Instrument Reprocessing Logistics for Hospital Operating Rooms is a short guide developed by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help inform discussions between dentists and Hospital Administrators who wish to consider integrating dentistry as a new hospital service for patients under general anesthesia. Canadian hospital dentistry programs may also reference this guide to review current basic dental equipment and instruments.

Specific requirements for each hospital facility may vary. This practical guide offers a checklist of basic dental equipment and requirements/logistics for instrument reprocessing and sterilization.

Access to Dental Care

Producing this guide is one of many examples how CDA works to enhance access to dental care for Canada’s vulnerable populations.