Dental Sedation Could Become Safer, More Common

December 02, 2016 07:36 PM

The American Dental Association is trying to make a trip to the dentist more safe. This, after there have been a number of cases across the country in which patients stop breathing under sedation. 

It's recommending capnography is used any time a patient is sedated at any level, even moderate ones. 


Capnography monitors every breath, and an alarm goes off the instant a patient stops breathing.

Dr. Geoffrey Archibald in Forest Lake has voluntarily been using capnography for years. He thinks it will make sedation safer and more common, even for mild dental procedures.

"I think you are bringing another level of safety to patients, and when you do, you make sedation more accessible to more people," he said.

"We are seeing an increase of people who are requesting sedation for cleanings, to implants, to crowns," Archibald said.

Minnesota has always had progressive laws when it comes to certain depths of dental sedation. The state requires education, monitoring and inspections in many cases. But these new ADA guidelines could impact how the state regulates moderate cases of sedation.


Ellen Galles

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