n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - The 'simple' general dental anaesthetic

Volume 30, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Dental anaesthesia is often underestimated and considered ideal for the less experienced practitioner. This perception has proved to be devoid of truth and is a dangerous notion. The 'simple' general dental anaesthetic has proven time and time again to be fraught with caveats that may, if ignored, ultimately lead to serious patient harm or even death. The patient who receives dental treatment under general anaesthesia is usually a child, one with special needs, or one who requires an extensive dental procedure. The term 'simple' general dental anaesthetic is therefore a misnomer. The concept of procedural sedation for dentistry is beyond the scope of this article. It deals with general dental anaesthesia.

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