Drug Prescribing For Dentistry

(Second Edition, published August 2011)

 
The second edition of 'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' can be downloaded in pdf form.

'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' is now available as an app, Dental Prescribing, for use on iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®. 

 

Updates

 November 2013

BNF 66 was published in September 2013 and contains changes that are relevant to primary care dental practice. These are included in the November 2013 update, which also incorporates the information from the January 2013 update. A hard copy of the update is available to download here

The update can be stored in the pocket at the rear of your copy of the guidance booklet to ensure you have easy access to the most up-to-date advice. Alternatively, the amended drug regimen boxes can be pasted into the booklet at the relevant section.

Background

Dental prescribing within the NHS is restricted to drugs included in the Dental Practitioner's Formulary, which is incorporated within the 'British National Formulary' (BNF) and 'BNF for Children' (BNFC). To facilitate easy access to information that is most relevant to primary care dental practice, the SDCEP guidance 'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' brings together advice on dental prescribing from the BNF and BNFC and presents it in a problem-orientated style. The information on drug prescribing contained in the second edition of the guidance is based on BNF 61 and BNFC 2011. Advice on drugs used to manage medical emergencies is also provided, based on information provided in BNF 61 and BNFC 2011, and guidance published by the Resuscitation Council (UK).

The guidance is suitable for informing dental practitioners in the primary care sector, and applies to all patients, including adults, children and those with special needs, who would normally be treated in this sector. The guidance does not include advice on prescribing for those in a secondary care environment or for practitioners with special expertise who may prescribe a wider range of drugs. The intention is for the guidance to be used in conjunction with the BNF and BNFC.

'Drug Prescribing For Dentistry' has been developed by a small group of professionals with particular interest and experience in dental prescribing, assisted by our Programme Development Team. The first edition (published in 2008) was subject to widespread consultation and peer review before finalisation of the content for publication. The second edition of the guidance was also subject to peer review before publication. For further information about the development of this guidance, please contact the SDCEP office (scottishdental.cep@nes.scot.nhs.uk).

A review of all aspects of the context of this guidance (regulations, legislation, trends in working practices and evidence) will take place three years after publication and, if this has changed significantly, the guidance will be updated accordingly. In the interim, SDCEP will monitor significant changes within the BNF and BNFC and provide relevant updates on this website. 

Guidance Development Group  

Name Details

Prof. David Wray (Chair)

Professor of Oral Medicine, University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School.

Mr Eric W. Battison

Dental Practice Advisor, Lothian.

Mr Tony Coia

General Dental Practitioner, Glasgow.

Dr Alex Crighton

Consultant in Oral Medicine, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School; member of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group.

Dr M. Petrina Sweeney

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, University of Glasgow Dental School.

Page last edited: 26 February 2014