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The Use of Benzodiazepines in Dentistry

Dr. Derek Decloux
Dental Anesthesia Specialist from Hamilton, ON

Greg Allan
3rd year Dental student at UBC

Choosing and administering an oral sedative can be a complicated and somewhat challenging aspect of dental care, particularly for a new dental graduate. Patient age, weight, medical history, as well as the experience of the practicing clinician, are just some of the factors to be considered.

Greg Allan is a 3rd year dental student at UBC with a special interest in dental anesthesia. In this educative interview, he presents Dr. Derek Decloux, a Dental Anesthesia Specialist from Hamilton, ON, with a hypothetical clinical scenario involving the administration of a benzodiazepine.

Dr. Decloux walks through the scenario, answering questions on drug selection, route of administration, dosage, and when not to give a benzodiazepine. He also offers best practice on how to manage a patient who has been given too much of a sedative, and gives instruction on when to refer complicated cases to a dental anesthesiologist.

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CDA Oasis Team


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