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Electronic Records

SAAD recognises that sedation records can be adequately kept in narrative form either in manually written records or text input on computer software. Keeping robust notes of the sedation assessment, clinical procedure and discharge of the patient can be assisted by the use of properly prepared custom screens recording relevant data.

Exemplars have been developed by a SAAD expert working group to be used in some commercially available dental software. These may be developed further to meet your facilities individual needs. The content of these is considered to be guidance towards good practice.

If the exemplars are modified then care should be taken to avoid pre filled data fields or those that default to a specific answer. There should be a tendency towards the need for a positive action to complete a drop down box choice or radio button choice so that data can be considered valid and individual specific.

The Exemplars are available as a benefit to members. Please log on to enable access to the electronic record exemplars by clicking here.

If you are not a member of SAAD you can join online by clicking here.


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.