In 1970, the Australian Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia and Sedation and in Dentistry (ASAASD) was formed to cater for the special needs of dental practitioners interested in dental anaesthesiology, pain control, and patient anxiety management. With the introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Conscious Sedation and Pain Control) by the (then) Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney, and an emphasis on conscious sedation, the Society changed its name to The Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology in 1990.
Promote high standards of education in dental schools by teaching and supporting acute and chronic pain control and anxiety management.
Elevate the standards of anaesthesiology in dental practice by stimulating further education in anaesthesiology, pain and anxiety control at the post graduate level.
Exchange information and report progress in the field of pain and anxiety control through the printed media as well as annual meetings and continuing education courses.
Publish and disseminate material of interest to the dental profession; and Advance the art and science of pain and anxiety control as an integral part of dental practice through continuing education.
Promotes all areas of dentistry that relate to research, prevention, control and elimination of pain and anxiety using local analgesia, conscious sedation, premedication, psychological behaviour modification and other non-pharmacologic forms of treatment.