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Welcome to

The Institute for the Management of Pain and Anxiety (IMPA)

Make your IMPAct

A "By Dentists, For Dentists" Revolution in Sedation Training

Brought to you by the ADA's newest specialists

The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists

In collaboration with

The Academy of General Dentistry

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In 1972 the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that "Fear of pain constitutes one of the great obstacles to the acceptance of dental services…”  Three recommendations were made:

1. Develop a national program in pain control including funding, education, and research

2. Modify dental schools’ attitudes toward pain curricula

3. Create/Recognize a new specialty of Dental Anesthesiology.

In 2019 the ADA recognized dental anesthesiology as a 10th specialty. This, together with the AGD and the ASDA's combined efforts in the IMPA mean the pain and anxiety education and care standards dentistry are rapidly evolving. There is MUCH more to come, so don't get left behind!


Thanks to the forward-thinking leaders of the AGD and the experts at the ASDA, there is now a centralized and impactful educational program, made by dentists, for dentists and designed specifically with dental professionals in mind, which is pushing dentistry far beyond old paradigms and into a very exciting future. 

The AGD has never done anything like this. Its going to be big and you are going to LOVE it!

The Institute for the Management of Pain and Anxiety is changing the future of pain & anxiety education dentistry and we invite you to join us bring dentistry into the 21st century and beyond!

AGD Certificate Programs

The AGD Mastership and Fellowship tracks are  now joined by the Excellence in Pain and Anxiety Management Certificate.  


Includes hundreds of hours of live and prerecorded webinars, interactive simulation courses, sedation certification training, discounted meeting registrations and discounted membership fees.

Courses for YOU

IMPA coursework is designed  with working dentists in mind. Even our 1-hour webinars can be viewed 10 minutes at a time.


Enroll in any of our individual online, live, intereactive, simulation or certification courses as fits your personal level of training, interests, schedule, practice type, or knowlege base.

Schedule a Speaker

Not only has the AGD endorsed the IMPA's program as the only pathway to get AGD certificates in sedation, but they'll coordinate for speakers at your live events for no honorarium!


Medical Emergencies

Sedation Recertification

Marketing Sedation

Safe sedation Practices

Sedation Guidelines and Regs

ADA's 10th Specialty

December 11, 1844: Dentists discovered  anesthesiology

March 11, 2019: The ADA approves Dental Anesthesiology as a specialty.

Learn more here

Upcoming Events

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