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Article: Volume 42 Number 8 Page 704 - October 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 704-708

Dental Sedation:  Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry: Review of the Guidelines Published in April 2015

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Abstract: This review article considers the development of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) guideline produced by the four dental faculties of the Royal Colleges and the Royal College of Anaesthetists for conscious sedation use in dentistry. An outline of the scope of the document, which aims to set definitive standards for conscious sedation provision within the dental environment, is given. The IACSD guideline sets a national standard for all aspects of dental conscious sedation provision, from training of the team, environment requirements and clinical delivery; it is therefore a requirement that all dentists, doctors and healthcare professionals providing, or supporting, dental conscious sedation are aware of the content.

Clinical relevance: This article should help with the understanding of the development background, scope of the guideline and relevance to the dental practice of dental conscious sedation.

Author notes: Isabelle Holroyd, BSc, BDS, FDS RCS(Eng) FDS RCS(Paed Dent), Consultant and Honorary Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry, Eastman Dental Hospital, University College Hospital Foundation Trust, 256 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD, UK.

Objective: To understand the development background, scope of the guideline and relevance to the dental practice of dental conscious sedation.

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