Patient safety is a priority in dentistry. Evaluating the
benefits and harms associated with the addition of capnography to standard
monitoring during moderate sedation for adult patients in the dental practice
setting is needed. The authors used rapid review methodology to identify
reviews, which they updated through a systematic search by using the
same search strategy as the identified reviews. The authors searched PubMed and Google Scholar
and through the references of the identified systematic reviews, which yielded 2,892
studies. Inclusion criteria were that the article was available in English, was original
research in adult humans who had undergone moderate procedural sedation,
and involved comparing standard monitoring with the addition of capnography.
Key Words. Capnography; moderate sedation; procedural sedation; hypoxemia;
respiratory events; sedation quality.