What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the use of sedative drugs to induce depression of consciousness. The methods of sedation include the inhalation of gases (e.g. nitrous oxide), pills or conscious intravenous sedation that is injected which is administered before or during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry is often used to allow complex dental procedures to take place in fewer appointments and may be used to reduce anxiety in extreme cases. Consult to your dental provider if sedation is right for you during a procedure. 

Certain types of anesthesia are covered by medical insurance rather than your dental benefit. Ask your dentist for more information. 

Common CDT codes for Anesthesia and Sedation:

  • [9219] Evaluation - Moderate / Deep Sedation / General Anesthesia 


1. https://www.ada.org/en/publications/cdt/glossary-of-dental-clinical-and-administrative-ter#composite

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