‘Surgical Aspects of Dental Practice’ was the theme of this year’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Dentistry Annual Scientific Meeting, which took place on October 24 and 25. A distinguished line-up of speakers addressed a wide range of topics, from temporomandibular joint dysfunction to implant surgery. Friday morning’s session focused on anaesthesia and sedation. Dr Leonard Kaban gave a fascinating historical overview of dentistry’s role in the development of anaesthesia, followed by Dr Jeanne Moriarty, who gave an anaesthetist’s perspective. Dr Karel De Leeuw offered the North American viewpoint, while Prof. Leo Stassen outlined the impressive developments in accreditation and training in Ireland in recent years. Finally, Prof. Richard Ibbetson discussed the Intercollegiate Guidelines on Dental Sedation, which are due to be published next year.