As used in these regulations, the following terms shall have
the meanings specified in this regulation:
(a) "Administer" means to deliver a pharmacological agent to
the patient by an enteral or a parenteral route at the direction of a dentist
while in a dental office.
(b) "Adult patient" means a patient who is more than 12 years
(c) "Anxiolysis" means the diminution or elimination of anxiety
through the means of a single drug or combination of agents prescribed or
administered by a dentist and used so as not to induce conscious sedation when
used alone or in combination with nitrous oxide.
(d) "Conscious sedation" and "conscious sedative state" mean a
minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability
to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately
to physical stimulation or verbal commands and that is produced by any
pharmacological or nonpharmacologi-cal agent or a combination of these
(e) "Deep sedation" means an induced state of depressed
consciousness accompanied by a partial loss of protective reflexes or the
ability to continuously and independently maintain an airway and to respond
purposefully to physical stimulation or verbal commands. Deep sedation is
produced by a pharmacological or non-pharmacological agent or a combination of
(f) "Dentist" means any person licensed by the board to
practice dentistry and any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery
that practices dentistry as a specialty.
(g) "End-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring" means a process to
determine the percent of carbon dioxide in a patient's breath through the use
of a carbon dioxide monitor.
(h) "Enteral conscious sedation" and "combination
in-halation-enteral conscious sedation" mean the use of one or more sedative
agents that are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract or oral mucosa,
including by oral, rectal, and sublingual administration, either by themselves
or in combination with nitrous oxide and oxygen to render a patient in a
conscious sedative state.
(i) "General anesthesia" means an induced state of
unconsciousness accompanied by a partial or complete loss of protective
reflexes, including the inability to continuously and independently maintain an
airway and to respond purposefully to physical stimulation or verbal commands.
General anesthesia is produced by a pharmacological or nonpharmacological agent
or a combination of these agents.
(j) "Medical care facility" has the meaning specified in
65-425 and amendments thereto.
(k) "Parenteral conscious sedation" means the use of one or
more sedative agents that bypass the gastrointestinal tract, including by
intramuscular, intravenous, in-tranasal, submucosal, subcutaneous, and
intraocular administration, to render a patient in a conscious sedative
(l) "Treating dentist" means a dentist with a level I, II, or
III permit who treats a patient while the patient is under conscious sedation,
deep sedation, or general anesthesia.
(m) "Vital signs" means blood pressure, heart rate, and