The indicator of sedation need (IOSN)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Conscious sedation in dentistry is usually indicated because a patient's anxiety can prohibit the necessary dental treatment being undertaken. It may also be indicated because of unpleasant or lengthy treatment or to prevent exacerbation of a patient's medical or behavioural condition by anxiety. The indicator of sedation need (IOSN) tool has been developed to help support dentists in their clinical decision-making and uses information about a patient's anxiety, medical and behavioural status and treatment complexity. The IOSN has been used to measure sedation need and has shown that 5.1% of patients attending general dental practices have a high need of conscious sedation. IOSN has also been used to investigate the need for conscious sedation in the general population among dental practice attenders and those who don' t attend. The proportion was found to be 6.7%.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)466-471
    Number of pages5
    JournalDental Update
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


    Dive into the research topics of 'The indicator of sedation need (IOSN)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this