The guidelines of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan provide that the dentist who will use moderate sedation must be able to show that he or she has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the proposed technique and that this is acceptable to the College. Such background preparation may have been acquired during graduate training or other accepted postgraduate courses as may be given in this or other jurisdictions. This background preparation must have included both didactic and practical experience and must be kept up to date. The dentist must have thorough knowledge of the sedative agent(s) he or she will use including actions, interactions, side effects, potential complications and their management.*
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Why Do Oral Sedation?
An estimated 100 Million (nearly 30%) people nationwide are in need of dental care but too fearful to seek you out. To date, access to care for these patients has been limited. Now you can help.
Practicing oral sedation has many advantages for you, not the least of which is treating a more comfortable patient. Other advantages are: performing more dentistry in a single visit instead of having the patient come back again and again; bigger restorative cases from patients who were previously reluctant due to anxiety; and patients feeling little to no post-operative discomfort regardless of the procedure - resulting in more referrals.
And for your patients it means something else. A comfortable experience - often with no recollection of the visit or the time passed. I often hear of patients who call their dentist the next day not to complain, but to express their gratitude and delight in their first ever visit to the dentist without fear.
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