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Sedation in General Practice Dentistry

Code of Practice regarding Dental Conscious Sedation

This document provides an informative and overarching guide to the dental team for dental conscious sedation in Ireland. The content is informed by recent reports on sedation from the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD), the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), and the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programmes (SDCEP).

This guidance is issued under Section 66 of the Dentists Act 1985 which requires the Dental Council to guide the dental profession on ethical conduct and behaviour. The Dental Council’s primary role is to protect the public. As a dentist, you are required to become familiar with this code of practice. We also advise you to use the external resources signposted throughout this code. When reading the external resources, it is your responsibility to be aware of differences in laws, regulations, and ethical guidance and governance between the UK and Ireland.

If you do not comply with this guidance, it may result in Fitness to Practise proceedings being taken against you under the Dentists Act 1985.

31 May 2023

Code of Practice regarding Sedation in Dentistry (May 2023)