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What are the levels of sedation dentistry?

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How sedation is used depends on how severe your fear is.

  • Minimal sedation: You're awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation ("conscious sedation"): You may slur your words and not remember much of what happened.
  • Deep sedation: You're on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: You're completely knocked out, unconscious.

SOURCES:

Rai, K, Hegde, A, and Goel, K. 2007; vol 32: pp 1-4. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry,

American Dental Association: "Policy Statement: The Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists."

Joel M. Weaver, DDS, PhD, dentist anesthesiologist; emeritus professor, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University; spokesman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and Anesthesia by Dentists."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Rai, K, Hegde, A, and Goel, K. 2007; vol 32: pp 1-4. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry,

American Dental Association: "Policy Statement: The Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists."

Joel M. Weaver, DDS, PhD, dentist anesthesiologist; emeritus professor, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University; spokesman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and Anesthesia by Dentists."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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