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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

sedation coverPublished June 2012 (2nd Edition)


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.

Guidance development

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

Name Position
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.