All dentists and certified specialists administering minimal, moderate or deep sedation, or general anaesthesia must comply with CDSBC's standards or guidelines for that modality.
The sedation spectrum ranges from minimal sedation to general anaesthesia. Dentists who are registered to provide one level may also administer the levels below it.
Patients can find out what level of sedation a dentist is registered to provide by searching them in our
Registrant Lookup and viewing the "Additional Details" tab.
Minimal sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness in which the patient responds normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command. It is produced by a pharmacological method such as an oral sedative that you can take before a dental procedure. Moderate sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light touch.
Deep sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients cannot be easily aroused.
General anaesthesia (GA) is a drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimulation.
All dentists and staff who work in sedation facilities are required to maintain
CPR health care provider level certification. In addition, some dentists may also require advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) based on the appropriate standards.