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Published Online October 2010

Overview of conscious sedation for primary dental care

Publication: Faculty Dental Journal
Volume 1, Number 3


Effective control of pain and anxiety is an essential part of dental practice. Dental anxiety can act as a major barrier to the receipt of dental care, affecting both adults and children. The UK Adult Dental Health Survey reported that up to 45% of adults claimed fear was their reason for non-attendance at the dentist.1 Simple behavioural management techniques are used to effectively treat the majority of dental patients, however, where these have not been effective or are inappropriate, the use of conscious sedation may provide a safe and effective management option, with minimal physiological and psychological stress to the patient.2.

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Faculty Dental Journal
Volume 1Number 3October 2010
Pages: 99 - 102


Published in print: October 2010
Published online: 16 June 2015


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  1. dental anxiety
  2. conscious sedation
  3. primary dental care



Dr KE Wilson, Associate Specialist in Dental Sedation, (Corresponding author) E: [email protected]
NM Girdler
N M Girdler, Professor of Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Department, Newcastle Dental Hospital and School, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AZ.

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