Minimal sedation is a state of minimally depressed level of consciousness produced by a pharmacologic method that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal commands. Although cognitive function may be modestly impaired, ventilatory and cardiovascular functions are unaffected. Minimal sedation may be achieved with an oral sedative alone or in combination with nitrous oxide/oxygen.
- Educational Requirements for Minimal Sedation
In addition to Basic Life Support (BLS) the dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist must have completed a course in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation technique, including clinical competency. dental school curriculum. The use of enteral and/or combined enteral/nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation requires an additional 16 hours of didactic instructions including clinically oriented experience.