Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

Minimal Sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness that does not impair the patient’s ability to independently maintain an airway and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command. Cognitive function and coordination can still be impaired.

Moderate Sedation is a state of depression of consciousness when patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. The patient is able to maintain a patent airway and cardiovascular function.

Deep Sedation is a drug-induced state of depressed consciousness when patients can’t be easily aroused, but respond purposefully following repeated or painful situations. The patient might require assistance in maintaining a patent airway because the ability to independently maintain ventilatory function may be impaired.

Common CDT codes for Anesthesia and Sedation:

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


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