As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(1) ANALGESIA. The diminution or elimination of pain in the conscious patient.
(2) ANXIOLYSIS. A pharmacological induced state, oral or inhalation, where a patient experiences a diminution of anxiety.
(3) BOARD. The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners.
(4) ENTERAL. Any technique of administration in which the agent is absorbed through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or oral mucosa (i.e., oral, rectal, sub lingual).
(5) INHALATION. A technique of administration in which a gaseous or volatile agent is introduced into the pulmonary tree and the primary effect is due to absorption through the pulmonary bed.
(6) LOCALIZED ANESTHESIA. The elimination of sensations, especially pain, in one part of the body by the topical application or regional injection of a drug.
(7) ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION. A depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and to respond appropriately to physical stimulation or verbal command and that is produced by a pharmacological or nonpharmacological method or a combination thereof. Oral conscious sedation does not include the administration of a medication given only for the purpose of diminution of anxiety. An oral conscious sedation permit is not required for the use of inhalation nitrous oxide following the administration of a medication given only for the purpose of diminution of anxiety.
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