FAQs

Under FAQs, dentists  can find the answers to some common questions we at Wisconsin Ambulatory Anesthesia frequently receive.  Any office or patient specific questions can be answered by calling us at 262.455.0016

Q: What kind of liability does my office acquire when having a dentist anesthesiologist present for sedation cases? 

A: At Wisconsin Ambulatory Anesthesia, our doctor has his own professional liability insurance that is separate from any office policy.  This policy follows Dr. Crawford to each office and covers the risk assumed with performing anesthesia in the office.  Because we are considered an independent contractor, this liability falls entirely on the dentist anesthesiologist and the office/surgeon holds no liability.  Any specific questions regarding liability coverage can be addressed by calling WAA, SC.

Q: What equipment do I need at my office to facilitate a dentist anesthesiologist? 

A: Dr. Crawford will bring all the equipment needed to run the anesthetic, including, but not limited to; monitors, anesthetic drugs, emergencies medications, difficult airway kit, IV catheters and fluids as well as positioning devices.  The following IS required to be present at each dental office. 1- Oxygen source (central system or full E-tank with backup).  2- High Volume suction (low volume back-up) Dr. Crawford carries a mobile suction as well. 3- Space to accommodate anesthesia provider and allow for easy access to patient

Q: Do the dentist and the dental assistant need to be BLS certified?

A: YES! The dentist and the assistant both need to be certified in Basic Life Support in order for a dentist anesthesiologist to perform in-office sedation (dentists in the state of WI are required to have BLS to maintain a dental license and many have assistants trained in BLS as well).

Q: How long with the patient need to recover in the office?  

A: On average, patients need to rest and recover in the dental chair for 10-20 minutes post-surgery.  The time for recovery depends on length of procedure and other factors associated with the case such as age, depth of anesthesia, and post-operative issues.  Most patients can be moved to a vacant operatory or recovery room 15 minutes after the anesthetics are discontinued.

Q: What is an average length of time for a sedation case? 

A: The difficulty of the procedure and amount of dental work to be completed is the main factor in determining how long the case will require sedation.  On average, cases usually last between 1 hour and 2.5 hours. Sedation cases can be performed up to 3-4 hours if Dr. Crawford determines the patient is a candidate for a lengthy appointment.  Sedation cases can always be broken up into two separate appointments if complete oral rehabilitation is necessary.

Q: Does my dental office need to collect any payment from the patient for the anesthesia services? 

A: The answer to this question is NO.  We at WAA, SC have a billing staff that will collect an initial deposit from the patient to hold their sedation appointment.   The dental office plays no role in collecting for the anesthesia services rendered.

Q: When a patient displays interest in sedation for their appointment, what should I tell them regarding the cost of the anesthesia services? 

A: If your office would like to start offering sedation services to your patients, email us at drcrawford@wisconsinanesthesia.com We will send you a fee schedule that you can print and present to your patients.