HealthCare News

New Codes for Dental/Oral Surgery Sedation

Issue: #398 DEC2017

Topic: Coding/Billing


Effective January 1, 2018, there will be changes in Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) coding for dental sedation services. Two new codes, D9222 and D9239, will be used for the initial 15 minutes of sedation. The previously existing sedation codes D9223 and D9243 were revised and will now be used for additional 15-minute increments. Please reference your 2018 CDT book for guidance.

Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia

  • D9222 – Deep sedation/general anesthesia – first 15 minutes
  • D9223 – Deep sedation/general anesthesia – each subsequent 15-minute increment

Moderate Sedation

  • D9239 – Intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation/analgesia – first 15 minutes
  • D9243 – Intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation/analgesia – each subsequent 15-minute increment