Conscious Sedation in Dentistry
About this guidance
The provision of adequate anxiety control is an integral part of the practice of dentistry. The aim of the guidance is to promote good clinical practice through recommendations for the provision of conscious sedation for dental care that is both safe and effective.
Conscious Sedation in Dentistry was developed by a group of professionals with a particular interest and experience in dental sedation and was first published in 2006. The Guidance Development Group reconvened to review the guidance in 2011 and agreed that, at that stage, fully updating the guidance was not necessary. Instead, a second edition comprising a partial update was considered to be sufficient to incorporate certain developments that had occurred since the guidance was first published. As the guidance was only undergoing a partial update, a second consultation was not carried out. However, like the first edition, the updated guidance was subject to peer review prior to finalising for publication. Click here for more information on the SDCEP guidance development process.
Guidance Development Group
|Nigel Robb (Chair)||Reader and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol|
|Barry Corkey||Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, NHS Fife; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Dental Institute|
|Tom Cripps||Consultant Anaesthetist and Associate Medical Director (Clinical Governance), Borders General Hospital, Melrose|
|Chris Deery*||Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield|
|Caitlin Laird**||Senior Community Dentist, Special Care and Sedation, Lothian Salaried Primary Care Dental Service|
|Karin Laidlaw||Senior Community Dental Nurse, Special Care and Sedation, Lothian Salaried Primary Care Dental Service|
|Jason Leitch*||Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School|
|Avril Macpherson*||Associate Clinical Director, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital|
|Mr Harry Robertson||General Dental Practitioner with a special interest in pain and anxiety management, Paisley|
* First edition only; **Second edition only
SDCEP acknowledges the important contribution of all those who commented during the consultation and peer review stages.
Review and updating
This guidance is currently under review.