How to Choose a Sedation Dentist
WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING A SEDATION DENTIST, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU FIND A DENTIST WHO IS WELL TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED… Dental sedation can come in many different forms and levels, and it is important to look beyond the title ‘sedation dentist’ to find out what types of sedation your dentist regularly uses.
Although sedation dentistry is not a recognized specialty, a sedation dentist is required to undergo several hours of training and certification in sedation techniques and types of sedation to ensure that the dental sedation is properly administered.
When looking for a qualified sedation dentist, consider the following criteria:
Education—Find out how much training your dentist has had in sedation dentistry. While some dental schools offer dental sedation training, the majority of sedation dentists are trained through continuing education programs. The Dental Organization for Dental Sedation (DOCS) and the American Dental Association are two common programs that offer training.
Continuing Education—In addition to past training, it is important to know if your sedation dentist is committed to staying up on the latest techniques and advancements in sedation dentistry. Find out whether they attend continuing education courses regularly, or if they are part of a professional dental organization.
Experience—Find out how frequently your dentist treats patients with dental sedation. This can be a clue to how comfortable and experienced they are with the procedure.
Types of Sedation—Sedation dentists can use different types of dental sedation and even different levels in each type. Dental sedation can be administered in light, moderate, and heavy doses depending on the needs of the patient. Be sure to discuss with your sedation dentist which type of dental sedation would be best for your situation.
Find Crown Council Sedation Dentists Near You
To learn more about sedation dentistry, or to find a sedation dentist near you, contact a Crown Council member sedation dentist in your area today. Using the advanced search tools on this website, you can filter your search to only find sedation dentists. Crown Council sedation dentists are committed to excellence in dentistry, continuing education, patient care, and community and humanitarian service.