Who Delivers IV Sedation Dentistry?

In dentistry, IV sedation can be administered by an oral surgeon, a dentist with special certification and training, or by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and I offer sedation dentistry, both oral and IV, at Back Mountain Dental. Patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and across the State of Pennsylvania turn to my Trucksville dental office for sedation dentistry.

I do not deliver IV sedation myself. I believe that my focus needs to be on the dental procedure at hand, and I also think that my patients need an expert dedicated solely to their comfort and wellbeing during sedation dentistry. Therefore, I work with a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who is specially trained to administer IV sedation and to monitor patients while they are under the influence of a sedative.

A CRNA has a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and is a licensed registered nurse. In addition, a CRNA has one year of experience in acute care nursing. A CRNA is earned after graduation from a 24 to 36-month nurse anesthetist course at an accredited university. After graduation, the CRNA must pass the national certification exam. In total, seven years of education and experience are required before a CRNA can be earned and certified. Then, every two years, re-certification is required, which necessitates earning 40 continuing education credits. For more information on CRNA qualifications, visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

If you’d like to discuss sedation dentistry with me or my nurse anesthetist, call to schedule a consultation at Back Mountain Dental: 570-763-4360. You may also email me at appointment@backmountaindental.com, if you prefer.

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