Sedation guidelines brought up to date
Third edition takes into account recent developments
The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has released an updated version of its Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance.
First published in 2006 and revised in 2012, the third edition of the publication has been updated using SDCEP’s NICE-accredited methodology and takes into account specific developments in sedation practice in recent years. This includes collaboration with the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry regarding its 2015 report, Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care.
The guidance provides advice on various aspects of sedation, including: facilities, equipment and staffing; preparation for sedation; sedation techniques and staff training. It promotes good clinical practice through recommendations for the safe and effective provision of conscious sedation. All of the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges in the UK and the Republic of Ireland have endorsed it. In addition, the Royal College of Anaesthetists has expressed its support for the guidance and will be promoting it among its members.
The 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, the guidance provides clear and practical advice on how to provide sedation safely and effectively.”