by Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS
March 30th, 2017
When billing a medical code instead of the dental code D9223 -Deep sedation/general anesthesia - each 15 minute increment, consider the following medical codes: (Be sure to review the AMA guidelines to see if they fit the procedure you are doing).
If a dental office is doing conscious sedation for a patient under 5 years old, there is a code for each 15 Minute increment and another code if the patient is over 5 years old. There are also add on codes (+) for additional 15 minutes after the initial 30 minutes. In addition, there are codes if sedation is administered by a physician other than the health care professional performing the procedure, (see codes 99151-99157).