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)173-6
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume205
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 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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