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Report urges safety standards for dental anaesthesia

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.467a (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:467

National safety standards to protect patients in Britain having dental treatment under general anaesthesia are urgently required, according to a report published last week. The quality of training, facilities, staff, and equipment varies from clinic to clinic and between hospitals in the NHS, says the report from the Clinical Standards Advisory Group.

The report warns that being unconscious during dental treatment carries special risks because the dentist and anaesthetist are both working around the mouth and airway, increasing the likelihood of breathing problems.

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