Pre-operative fasting for intravenous conscious sedation used in dental treatment: are conclusions based on relative risk management or evidence?

G McKenna, S. Manton

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    Abstract

    Intravenous sedation is a widely used pharmacological method of patient management commonly used in dental surgery for the treatment of anxious patients. Variety exists in fasting regimes between different centres offering dental sedation, with some advocating starvation in line with general anaesthesia protocols and others not enforcing starvation at all. The currently available guidelines on fasting protocols are ambiguous and open to interpretation partly because they are based on expert opinion rather than evidence-based research. This article reviews the available evidence on the subject of pre-operative fasting and discusses current guidelines.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-176
    Number of pages4
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Volume205
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Anesthesia, Dental
    • Anesthesia, General
    • Conscious Sedation
    • Dental Care
    • Fasting
    • Humans
    • Injections, Intravenous
    • Practice Guidelines as Topic
    • Preoperative Care
    • Risk Management

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