Working in the dental field can be a rewarding career. You get to help people take care of their teeth while teaching them about proper oral hygiene. You also get the chance to change the smile of someone who might not have the best teeth. While working in a dental office, you should be able to offer a variety of services and ways to make patients feel comfortable during procedures. Sedation dentistry is a popular option for patients who are anxious about getting dental work done. Before you begin offering this type of anesthesia, those who will administer it in the office need to take the courses to receive conscious sedation certification. This will show that the dentist and employees have gone through the proper training to administer the medication and to monitor the patient in the office.
After taking the classes for the certification, you will need to take an exam. There is a certain score that you need to get, and you usually only have one time to take the test. Some states will allow you to take the test again, but you would need to pay the fees required. Most states will accept your certification if you plan on moving and working in a different area in the future.
When you take the courses, you’ll learn about how different medications interact with the body and how they will sedate the patient. You’ll learn about signs to look for in the event the person is in distress while sedated. While taking the classes and the exam, you will learn about the skills that are needed to administer the medications in adults and children if your office offers pediatric services. There are usually several levels and numerous protocols that are taught along with skills that you’ll practice before taking the certification exam.