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Standards for Conscious Sedation in the provision of Dental Care and Accreditation

The Intercollegiate Advisory Committee on Sedation in Dentistry is an intercollegiate committee of the following:-

  • The Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • The Royal College of Anaesthetists

The objective of the Committee is to promote the highest standards of conscious sedation in dentistry in the United Kingdom.

The Report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee on Sedation in Dentistry was published on 22 April 2015.  This document will be subject to review no later than April 2018.

This publication creates a national standard for conscious sedation in dentistry and replaces the previous documents:

  1. Department of Health. Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care. London: DH; 2003
  2. Standing Committee on Sedation for Dentistry. Standards for Conscious Sedation in Dentistry: Alternative Techniques. London: Royal College of Surgeons of England and Royal College of Anaesthetists; 2007
  3. Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme. Conscious Sedation in Dentistry. 2nd edn. Dundee: SDCEP; 2012.

Professor Richard Ibbetson, the Chair of the Committee and former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, commented:-

“The report defines the standards for the provision of conscious sedation in the delivery of dental care. It is strongly patient focussed whilst clinical provision is underpinned by the requirement for high standards of education and training for the entire clinical team.”

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