Cory Pickens, MD, is an Anesthesiologist with special training in Neuro-anesthesia. He actively teaches and trains doctors and dentists across the country on anesthesia. Trained at the University of Washington, his hospital based work included a 6-year Neuro Anesthesia Chairmanship at SVH and 15 years of Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia coverage at level 1 and 2 trauma centers. Early in his career, Dr. Pickens began actively sedating for dental offices while studying dental sedation outpatient protocols. He created office based double jaw advancement anesthesia protocols with Dr. Clark Taylor. During his dental sedation studies and practice, he developed new oral conscious sedation combination protocols and improved pediatric sedation protocols that are now used nationwide. As Dr. Pickens identified large gaps in the dental and medical sedation communities, he formed the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia to improve dental sedation nationwide. His ultimate goal is to protect the autonomy of a dentist to sedate while advancing dental sedation training.