New revised guidance on conscious sedation in dental practice

A NEW edition of Conscious Sedation in Dentistry has been published by The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP).

SDCEP reports that the guidance has been subject to a thorough update using a NICE-accredited methodology which takes into account specific developments since it was first published in 2006. This has included communication with the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) in regard to the IACSD Report published in 2015.

The guidance has been formally endorsed by the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and the Royal College of Anaesthetists has expressed its support and will promote it to members.

Chair of the SDCEP Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance development group, Professor Vince Bissell, said: "Dental teams are highly skilled in using various approaches to help alleviate the anxiety that some people experience when attending for dental care. In certain circumstances, using conscious sedation is an appropriate means of helping anxious patients cope with dental treatment. It also enables some patients with additional support needs to access dental care.

"Drawing on the most recent developments in this area, the guidance provides clear and practical advice on how to provide sedation for dental care safely and effectively."

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