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.
The administration of general anaesthetics and neuromuscular blocking drugs is generally confined to trained specialists. Nevertheless, nonspecialists are involved in perioperative care and will benefit from an understanding of how these drugs act. Doctors from a variety of specialties use local anaesthetics and the pharmacology of these drugs is discussed in detail.
Part 1 book "Pediatric critical care medicine (Volume 4: Peri-operative care of the critically ill or injured child)" includes: Anesthesia in the critically ill or injured child, general principles of peri-operative care