A new rule that would oblige dentists to use a heart monitor for patients under moderate sedation is being opposed by a group of professionals in Maine.
Some dentists in that state claim the extra requirement - which is the focus of an upcoming public hearing before the dental board - is too expensive and would also frighten people away from seeking treatment, the Bangor Daily News reports.
Moderate sedation is defined by the American Dental Association as drowsy but awake - and can be attained through oral, injected, intravenous or inhaled medication.
Supporters say it is a safety measure to protect patients. Maine is currently the only state that is considering such a step, which is also not included in the ADA's official recommendations.
It is the responsibility of state dental boards to set standards for anesthesia and sedation.
Dr Ted Morgan, speaking for those that oppose the rule, suggested that it would discourage dentists from treating anxious patients.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.