All currently involved with sedation and anesthesia in dentistry stand upon the shoulders of giants. One of the truly exceptional giants, John A. Yagiela, DDS, PhD, departed this world prematurely, but he left us an abundance of scholarly work—seminal articles, educational guidelines, highly regarded textbooks, and multiple Dental Anesthesiology specialty applications.

In his own words, Dr Yagiela was “first and foremost a teacher.” He realized early during his dental training that a substantial gap existed between the didactic education in pharmacology for dentistry and its actual application in the clinical realm. John appreciated that the utilization of pharmacology in dentistry tended to be based more on a subjective approach (ie, “this is how we have always done it”) rather than objective analysis. Over time his goal as an educator grew and he began to focus on improving patient care, especially...

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