Dental Sedation and Anesthesia

Anesthesia in a dental office- or in any office- has its own set of problems. Areas taken for granted in hospitals or surgical facilities must be examined carefully: organization, equipment, procedures, building specifications, emergencies, training, readiness for unanticipated patient transfers, and perioperative care and monitoring. Adverse events of anesthesia in dental offices continue to occur with unacceptable frequency.

Regarding dental surgery, the policy of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is authoritative and clear:

Wherever practical, all surgical anesthetics should be delivered by or under the medical direction of a physician anesthesiologist.

Office Based Anesthesia (OBA) is Centurion’s specialty. In order to ensure patient safety, Centurion anesthesiologists participate in ongoing training for quality improvement and risk management. We know all the applicable federal, state and local regulations on disposal of medical waste, controlled drug supply, storage and administration.  We can help determine if the duration and degree of complexity for given procedure is within the scope of an office, we know what to expect regarding patient recovery, and what pre-existing medical conditions may justify referral to a different facility.

Take advantage of Centurion’s years of experience in ambulatory anesthesia and take your practice to the next level of clinical safety, patient satisfaction, and operative success.

See more about Centurion’s approach to OBA

ASA references:

Guidelines for Office-Based Anesthesia

Statement on Qualifications of Anesthesia Providers in the Office-Based Setting

A note on Centurion’s policy: Supplies for IV and local anesthesia are typically provided by the dentist. The equipment for anesthesia and monitoring is supplied and brought to the dental office in advance of the planned procedure.