The implications of substance misuse for intravenous conscious sedation practice.

J Noone, E Critchley, P Cullingham, P Coulthard, A Saksena

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    Substance misuse is a major health concern in the United Kingdom, as the consequences for individuals are significant and may include multisystem organ damage. It is important for the dentist to know which patients are misusing substances as some pharmacological agents routinely used in dental practice may be contraindicated. The dentist should be aware of the range of clinical presentations that may arise from substance misuse and when suspected, a thorough drug history must be obtained. Patients may require special consideration and further investigations when planning elective procedures, particularly under intravenous conscious sedation. Therefore, management within a specialist centre and liaison with other health professionals may be indicated to ensure treatment is provided safely.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2015


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