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Posted 8 July 2020

Restarting IV Sedation in the clinical environment

Further to the recent re-opening of dental practices SAAD has received enquiries from members related to the re-commencement of intra-venous sedation.

Sedation is an excellent adjunct as you are restarting your practice. You should consider using it because it is safe to do so in line with SOPs and cross infection policies.

SAAD recommends that risk assessments are undertaken and robust Standard Operating Procedures are designed that consider the management of the patient, escort, the staff and the environment in which the IV sedation is to be delivered.

Several guidance documents related to the implications of the COVID-19 virus and the delivery of dental care have been published which members may wish to consider.

Link to guidance documents.

Posted 5 June 2020

Inhalation Sedation and Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP’s)

The recent document from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, (OCDO), ‘Standard operating procedure Transition to recovery’, states that Inhalation Sedation is not considered an AGP and may be a suitable alternative to general anaesthesia for children needing dental care.

This document also provides guidance on the appropriate PPE to be used in the dental setting and also states, ‘As SARS CoV-2 is a novel virus, evidence is still emerging so further updates to this Appendix may be made as new evidence emerges’.

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SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.

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