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Analgesia, Intravenous Sedation / First 30 Minutes - Dental Procedure Code Description

This dental procedure code applies to the use of intravenous (IV) sedation to reduce anxiety during a variety of dental procedures. The code refers only to anxiety-controlling drugs, not local anesthetic.

Drugs used in this procedure are non-narcotic, so they aren’t 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
  • Reduce gagging
  • Enhance the effect of sedatives

This code covers only the first 30 minutes of sedation. Additional 15-minute increments are billed using a code denoted for analgesic administration specific to those 15 minute intervals.
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