The aim of this chapter is to introduce the reader to the
nature and development of dental anxiety and to provide an
understanding of how and why patients behave in the way they
do. This forms the basis for the practice of conscious sedation
in the management of dental anxiety. The latter part of the
chapter explains the development of conscious sedation,
the accepted definition and the current guidelines relating to
the practice of the technique in dental practice.
Most students need a textbook that will provide all the
basic facts within a discipline and that also facilitates
understanding of the subject. This textbook achieves
these objectives and also provides test questions for the
student to explore their level of knowledge. It is also
important for students to achieve a 'feel for the subject'
and learn communication skills.
The book is designed to provide basic information
necessary to pass an undergraduate examination in
restorative, paediatric and orthodontic dentistry.
This supplement is based on papers presented at the
Second International Conference of the Faculty of Dentistry,
Kuwait University, October 2–4, 2001. The conference
provided an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and
discuss new developments in the field of dentistry, especially
the latest trends in the evidence-based approach to
dental care. As the former President of Kuwait University,
Professor Faiza M.
A pregnant woman is considered to always have a “full stomach” due to delayed gastric emptying and incompetent lower esophageal sphincter. Thus, pregnant women are at increased risk for aspiration (13;14). Therefore, prophylactic measures to prevent aspiration should be used, particularly during the third trimester. A woman with multiple gestation is at increased risk for aspiration in the mid-second trimester because of the large uterus. Maintaining a semi-seated position and avoiding excessive sedation are required to prevent aspiration.