Carole Boyle at The Dentistry Show 2017

Carole A Boyle is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute, where she runs the Department’s General Anaesthesia service and teaches on the postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes. Past Chairman of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD), her special interests include providing sedation for patients who require special care dentistry.

Carole will be speaking in the Dental Nurses Forum at The Dentistry Show this year, giving a presentation entitled “Conscious sedation: we need you”. She comments:

“Dental nurses tend to be unsure about the protocols surrounding conscious sedation, due to the risk of litigation. There is also often conflicting information and recommendations in the field, which can cause confusion and reduce dental nurses’ confidence in assisting the dentist during the procedure.

“The dental nurse plays an important role when providing conscious sedation, particularly as patients tend to be very anxious about treatment. It’s crucial for them to be confident in their skills in order to reassure the patient and help put their mind at ease. Patients tend to find the nurse more approachable than in the dentist and are therefore more comfortable asking the nurse any questions and looking to them for support. It’s also necessary for dental nurses to be clinically competent as this ensures the dentist receives the best support and assistance during treatment.”

Throughout her presentation, Carole will discuss different sedation techniques and highlight the role of the dental nurse for each one. She will also explore the various training opportunities for dental nurses in this field, encouraging delegates to develop their skills and their confidence, while also expanding their skills.

“I hope dental nurses will leave my lecture with a better understanding of their role during conscious sedation,” Carole adds. “I think this a great area for dental nurses to advance their skills in – it requires a better understanding of how to support anxious patients, as well as increased knowledge regarding the possible medical conditions that patients requiring special care dentistry might have.”

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