This dental procedure code applies to the dental use of intravenous (IV) sedation to reduce anxiety during a variety of dental procedures. This code refers only to anxiety-controlling drugs, not local anesthetic. The drugs used in this procedure are non-narcotic, so they are not responsible for blocking pain; however, they are effective in reducing fear and calming patients prior to and during procedures. Drugs used in IV “conscious” sedation are members of the benzodiazepine (benzos) family.
Intravenous conscious sedation/analgesia aims to:
Reduce or eliminate anxiety
Minimize movement during dental treatment
Enhance the clarity of communication and aid patient cooperation
Temporarily increase one's pain threshold
Increase tolerance for longer appointments
Aid in treatment of patients with cognitive or physical disabilities