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New sedation regulation changes set to impact the dental industry

RespSense-IILike most regulations, the new guidelines from the American Dental Association regarding the use of sedation and general anesthesia by dentists aren’t always immediately clear or easy to understand. Despite this, the recent decision to require dentists to use capnography equipment for procedures requiring moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia, as well as other guidelines for the use of general and oral anesthesia, have been put in place to increase patient care and safety.

To help get to the essence of these regulations, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

What’s the goal of these guidelines?

LifeSense-IIThese guidelines can be broken down into three areas:

  • To ensure practitioners and staff are trained to administer the anesthetic and receive continuing education to keep them up to date on the latest sedation equipment, drugs and techniques
  • To know the importance of physically evaluating a patient and the type, level and dosage of the anesthetic they receive
  • To equip dentist offices with the appropriate monitoring and rescue equipment

What are the benefits of capnography?

Capnography, which is used to monitor a sedated patient by reading their exhaled carbon dioxide levels, has long been a standard of care in hospitals, ambulances and ERs. Many believe increasing its use in dental offices will prevent unnecessary deaths.

How will this affect my practice?

8100EP1Part of the new regulations involve more careful screenings prior to sedation, which can require the patient to go through a few extra steps before an operation. Pedodontists may have to get a moderate sedation permit for children under 12.

If you do not have one already, you will have to acquire a capnography machine and ensure staff are properly trained. Some of the most widely used capnographs you might want to consider for your practice are Nonin’s RespSense II , the LifeSense II Capnograph and the Criticare nGenuity 8100EP1 CO2 monitor.

What are some references I can consult?

To better understand the standards for sedation in a dental practice, review these works:

Choosing the right vital signs monitor

6102F-PA00020-2Vital signs monitors are one of the most essential devices in any medical office. From blood pressure to heart rate, temperature and pulse oximetry, this is the information you need to gather about each of your patients. Whether you’re part of an intensive care unit, a small clinic or a nursing home, you need an effective way to measure these vital signs in order to give your patients the best possible care.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping around for a vital signs monitor.

How will your staff handle the equipment?

This depends on the nature of your practice. Emergency rooms and paramedics need a machine that’s easily portable in order to get the equipment to a patient’s bedside or inside an ambulance. And no matter where you need to use it, all vital signs monitoring equipment should be easy to use, even for those without additional expertise or training. This ensures all types of health care professionals can use the equipment in any situation.

8100E1What kind of patients are you treating?

Consider the medical needs of your patients before deciding on a vital signs monitor. Patients treated often with drugs will need a more comprehensive monitor to keep track of heart rate, end-tidal carbon dioxide exchange and respirations. But in a smaller health care facility, you might only need a simple monitor to measure the basic stats.

Medical Device Depot carries vital signs monitors and accessories from all major manufacturers, including ADCBionetEdanMortaraCriticareMidmarkMindraySchiller, Welch Allyn and Venni. Browse our selection today to find equipment that works for you and your practice.