Approximately 800,000 Dutch people refrain from going to the dentist because of fear. Behavioural therapy, a psychological approach to treating anxiety, is taught extensively at the various Dutch universities and is used in dental practice in the Netherlands. For medicinal treatment, dentists in the Netherlands use nitrous oxide sedation and orally administered benzodiazepines. For the intravenous administration of sedatives Dutch dentists are almost entirely dependent on an anaesthesiologist. Light intravenous sedation with midazolam can be used to make anxious patients more comfortable. Dutch dentists can apply light sedation with midazolam intravenously in adult patients themselves, subject to a wide range of conditions.
T.H. van den Berg
|Rubriek||Onderzoek en wetenschap|
|Publicatiedatum||5 december 2014|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 121 - editie 12 - december 2014; 617-625|