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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) first published Conscious Sedation in Dentistry in 2006.  A second edition was published in June 2012 and a newly-updated third edition published in June 2017.

Initial research has engaged with patients, parents, carers and patient representatives to obtain a non-clinical perspective on the provision of care and treatment when conscious sedation is necessary.

A summary report of the findings is available.

During the guidance consultation period, practitioners who provide and/or teach conscious sedation were interviewed about the usability and clarity of the guidance. The Guidance Development Group considered the interview findings alongside the consultation feedback when finalising the guidance for publication.

Next steps

Further research to explore the implementation of the guidance in greater depth will be conducted later in 2017-18.