On September 18th 2023 Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center passed its state medical inspection and can begin seeing patients for sedation dentistry at its Frederick Maryland location. This will allow all dentists in the state of Maryland to provide dental procedures to their patients under both IV Sedation and General Anesthesia.
By: Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center
FREDERICK, Md. – June 27, 2022 - We are excited to announce that the construction phase is complete and the new state of the art Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center (MSD&SC) at 60 Thomas Johnson Drive Suite 2 in Frederick, Maryland will begin seeing patients this week. The center creates a cost-effective option for every dentist in the state of Maryland to now be considered a “sedation dentist” and provides for a much needed and overdue option for patients in Maryland and surrounding regions to have high quality dental procedures done under anesthesia. Dentists can begin the process of getting credentialed to use the facility immediately. No advanced sedation license will be required by dentists using this facility, because this facility will be accredited by AAAHC and staffed by board certified anesthesiologist and will be licensed as an outpatient surgical center. All Maryland licensed dentists can now provide general anesthesia and IV Sedation to their patients in an accredited surgical center, 100% dedicated to dentists and dental procedures. The center will provide outpatient dental sedation and anesthesia services to children and adults via an expertly staffed and fully equipped Category 1 certified facility. The facility, with its breath of doctors will be able to perform all aspects for dentistry, from simple cleanings and fillings, all the way up to endodontics (root canals), oral surgery/extractions, implant placement, and orthognathic surgery.
With 2 level 3 ORs, 3 dental procedure rooms and 1 exam room, the facility will be able to handle a large volume of patients and expects to add more doctors in the coming months.
Planning for the facility commenced over 3 years ago, when architecture and engineering work began to develop this first of its kind facility. Construction began in mid 2022 and was completed in September of 2023, with testing of critical life safety systems being done in August and September of 2023. Occupancy permits were obtained in early September 2023.
There are other surgical centers around the area, but none specifically built for dentistry and none with all dental specialties under one roof. Having all the specialties under one roof, will allow dental work to be done in one anesthesia session, in one place and with one team, used to working closely together saving time, money and improving patient care and safety.
Most dental professionals in conventional office settings are qualified to use only local anesthetics and inhalation sedation or “anxiolysis” techniques. Moreover, in the State of Maryland certified anesthesiologists are only permitted to render their services in Category 1 certified dental facilities or when the dentist has an advanced anesthesia license themselves, which are extremely rare. Historically, this has limited the options for procedures requiring IV sedation or general anesthesia and making it hard for patients who require sedation to obtain treatment they may need.
We asked Stewart Stringer, General Manager , what made you start down this avenue. He said “I also manage Pearlfection Dentistry, we have 14 dentists and specialists who had a need for sedation services for our patients, but we didn’t have any good options. As a team we started exploring what it would look like to put an outpatient ambulatory surgical center next to our dental practice and basically build a dental hospital and open the doors to outside dentists. After some study, we determined it should be financially viable and it would fill a missing piece in our dental offering. We decided to move forward.”
We will welcome all dentists to bring their own patients and bill those patients out of their own office, or patients can call the center directly and we will provide one of our affiliated top-notch dentists to address the need. The phone number to call to inquire about services or for dentists to begin the rapid credentialing process is (240) 673-3283 – (240) 6-SEDATE.
The innovative patient care model established for the center consists of two options: The first is a direct referral mode, whereby patients contact the center directly for an appointment and are aligned with a team of in-house doctors. MSD&SC dentists and specialists will complete the treatment plan and dentistry while a staff anesthesiologist will perform all necessary sedation services. A second option will allow patients to utilize the center through their existing dentist and utilize only the anesthesiology services. This option is a win-win for patients who prefer the familiarity of their current provider and dentists seeking a convenient anesthesiology solution while billing for their services out of their own practices. In these instances, the center will bill for facility fees and sedation services only the dentist will bill for only dental procedures performed. The MSD&SC will open its doors to all licensed dental professionals in the State of Maryland.
Sedation encompasses multiple levels, beginning with minimal sedation techniques that render a patient in a relaxed state, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation medications like Valium or Halcion. Minor sedation is often used to calm the nerves of anxious patients receiving treatments like fillings and cosmetic contouring. Intravenous (IV) sedation is utilized during more invasive procedures and places the patient in a depressed state of consciousness, sometime referred to as “Twilight” although they may still be responsive to verbal queues. This type of sedation may take hours to fully wear off, leaving the patient unable to drive or perform other basic tasks. General anesthesia is the highest level of sedation, with the patient rendered fully unconscious and unable to breathe on their own. This is usually reserved for the most invasive surgical procedures and usually done in a hospital or accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center. The Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center will be equipped and staffed to perform all levels of sedation, specializing in General Anesthesia and IV Sedation.
Contact the MSD&SC: Prospective patients are encouraged to contact the center and learn more about the available options and schedule a consultation. Dental professionals can contact the center to kickstart this process or to simply discover more about how these innovative sedation dentistry services can benefit their practice.
240-6-SEDATE or 240-673-3283