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Pain and Anxiety Control for the Conscious Dental Patient

The perception of pain in the mind of dental patients is a significant deterrant to regular dental attendence by manycontrol of this pain and anxiety is therefore a treatment issue which is central to the clinical practice of dentistry. This textbook covers both local anaesthesia and sedation comprehensively, and provides practical instructions for the dental student. It provides a theoretical framework based on the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of pain and anxiety control. Pain and anxiety control for the concious dental patient provides: comprehensive coverage of pain and anxiety management for concious dental patients; covers the control of operative, perioperative and post-operative pain in dentistry; describes all aspects of local anaesthesia and sedation in dentistry; provides a rational approach to the prescription of drugs; practical guidance and instruction on techniques; over 150 photographs and 50 line diagrams This book covers local anaesthesia including inhalational, intravenous sedation, control of post- operative pain, management of non-dental oro-facial pain and management of medical emergencies related to pain control. It is timely - for example, the teaching of sedation in dental schools is an issue currently being pushed by GDC (1996) Chaps 6 & 9 are unique (Basic principles of dental local anaesthetic injections and Intraligamentary, intra-osseous and intrapulpalanaesthesia).
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Anatomy & physiology of pain transmission; pharmacology of dental local anaesthesia; local anaesthetic drugs; local anaesthetic equipment; tropical anaesthesia; basic principles of dental local anaesthetic injections; local anaesthesia in the maxilla; local anaesthesia in the mandible; intraligamentary, intra-osseous, and intra-pulpal anaesthesia; management of failed local anaesthesia; local anaesthesia - contra-indications and complications; non-pharmacological methods of pain control; conscious sedation in dentistry; the pharmacology of sedative agents; oral sedation and premedication; transmucosal sedation; inhalation sedation; intravenous sedation; polypharmacy sedation in dentistry; monitoring the sedated dental patient; medicolegal aspects of the practice of sedation in dentistry; analgesics in dentistry.


This text is well written and illustrated- it includes line drawrings and excellent black and white photographs- and as such is very easy and enjoyable reading. It deserves a place in the library of any dental or medical clinician involved in direct patient treatment and student teaching. * Pain Res Manage * This book deals with a complex subject area in a clear and precise manner. The authors... demonstrate a lucid grasp of the material and have chosen a style accessible to readers with various levels of prior knowledge. * European Journal of Orthodontics *

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