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Chapter 21 - Sedation in dentistry

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 March 2012

Richard D. Urman
Affiliation:
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Alan D. Kaye
Affiliation:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans
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Modern dentistry has made much progress in pain control and in providing a patient-friendly service, which has expanded the dentist's ability to perform a wide range of treatments in a pain-free environment. Dental care can have a profound effect on both the physical and psychological well-being of the patient. The chapter describes the considerations during physical and psychological assessment. It then focuses on enteral (oral) and parenteral (intravenous) sedation techniques for adults, although it recognizes that inhalation is one of the more commonly used techniques for sedation in outpatient dental clinics. Minimal, moderate, and deep sedation are major modalities of pharmacological intervention and behavior modification that assist the dental profession in providing dental treatment to patients with different levels of dental anxiety and fear, and they have become an integral part of dental practice.
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2012

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