The Japanese Dental Society of Anesthesiology (JDSA), with ∼2600 members, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special banquet after its annual scientific session at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo on Sunday, October 30th, hosted by JDSA President, Professor Takehiko Iijima. Professor Emeritus Yuzuro Kaneko gave the celebration address titled “The History of Japanese Dental Anesthesiology.”

Dental anesthesiology in Japan began with physician anesthesiologists who saw the need to train dentists to provide anesthesia for dental and oral & maxillofacial surgery. Professor Yasuya Kubota, a physician who later trained as a dentist, opened the first dental anesthesiology department in Japan at Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1967. Gradually, virtually every dental school opened their own separate department in the 1970s and 1980s, and these departments began dental anesthesiology residency programs. To manage patients who required hospital admission following surgery, dedicated dental hospitals run jointly by dental anesthesiology and...

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