Find Out Which States Require Dentists to Have an AED

Although the AED legislation varies by state, there are at least 22 states that have laws on the books about AEDs in dental offices. Does your dentist have an AED? 

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida 
  • Georga
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

What Does Dental AED Legislation Look Like in Your State?

We scoured the latest legislation and statutes regarding AEDs in dental offices and this is what we found:


Any dentist whose practice includes the administration sedation by an anesthesia provider.


Any dentist whose practice includes the administration sedation by an anesthesia provider.


As part of the minimum standard of care, every dental office location shall be required to have an AED. Any dentist practicing without an AED on site shall be considered to be practicing below the minimum standard of care.


Any dentist issued a permit in either Moderate Enteral Conscious Sedation or Moderate Parenteral Conscious Sedation.


Qualified dentists whose practice includes moderate external and moderate parenteral sedation.


Dentists whose practice includes parenteral conscious sedation.


AEDs required for anesthesia and sedation facility certificate


AEDs required to qualify for a sedation permit.


Each dental facility or practice site utilizing mobile or portable anesthesia services is required to have a Facility Permit.


Dentists who administer general anesthesia, deep sedation, or moderate sedation or who provide dental services to patients under general anesthesia, deep sedation, or moderate sedation must ensure that the offices in which it is conducted have an AED.


All dental offices shall be required to have a minimum of one properly functioning AED, or equivalent defibrillator, on the premises of each dental office.

New York 

All dental facilities shall have an AED or other defibrillator at the facility.

North Carolina 

A dentist administering moderate conscious sedation or supervising any CRNA employed to administer or RN employed to deliver moderate conscious sedation shall be equipped with an AED.


Dental facilities where anesthesia is used must have at least one AED.

South Dakota 

Any dentist who administers general anesthesia or deep sedation or who provides dental services to patients under general anesthesia or deep sedation must ensure that the office in which the work is performed has an AED.


Dental offices using conscious or deep sedation or general anesthesia must have a defibrillator on the premises. 


At least one AED is required at each dental office, nursing home, convalescent facility, and pediatric extended care facilities, and at least one employee trained in CPR/AED must be on site.


Dental offices that provide deep sedation/general anesthesia must have an AED on site. 


Every dental office in the state that administers minimal, moderate, or deep sedation, or general anesthesia, must have an AED or defibrillator,

West Virginia 

All mobile dental facilities are required to have an AED if Class 2, 3 or 4 anesthesia is used.


Any dentist that administers sedation shall provide an AED.

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DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.

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