Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations
Effective September 27, 2010: Minnesota Board of Dentistry Rule §3100.0100 subp. 13a defines "Minimal Sedation" as a minimally depressed level of consciousness produced by a pharmacological or nonpharmacological method that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command. Minimal sedation is characterized by moderate impairment to the patient's cognitive function and coordination, but leaves unaffected the patient's ventilatory and cardiovascular functions."
What this means to you: For the first time, Minnesota dentists - without an IV permit - can provide their fearful patients with minimal sedation using individualized (e.g. incremental) dosing of oral sedatives so long as the patient's reasonably expected level of consciousness does not exceed the new definition of "Minimal Sedation."
American Dental Association sedation guidelines provide that a dentist should complete at least 16 hours of instructive classroom training with clinically-oriented experiences before providing healthy patients with minimal sedation using oral sedatives.*
*Minnesota Board of Dentistry Rule §3100.0100 does not require formal training before providing minimal sedation to dental patients.