Welcome to the 15th International Dental Congress on Anesthesia, Sedation and Pain Control, a triennial meeting of the International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies, IFDAS2018. We, Japanese Dental Society of Anesthesiology as a member of IFDAS, would be greatly honored to introduce all of you about IFDAS2018 that will be held in Nara, Japan.

IFDAS includes 16 countries and societies from all over the world. Current IFDAS develops to a big scientific organization where probably more than 10,000 people are working in dental anesthesiology field. The purposes and objectives of the IFDAS are as follows. First; To promote and encourage the study and extend the practice of improved methods of administration of anesthesia, analgesia, and sedation in dentistry and to bring the benefits of these methods to the people of the world. Second; To promote the international exchange of knowledge, technology and research achievements in dental anesthesia, analgesia and sedation. Third; To publish results of research and educational material for the benefit of member organizations and individuals and for the general public. This mission will absolutely contribute to the welfare of the human beings through dentistry.

In IFDAS2018, in order to carry out this holy mission, I have established the main theme as "Dental Anesthesiology: Devotion to Patient's Welfare". We deeply hope healthy and happy life to all dental patients in the world through safe and comfortable dentistry and relief from pain and anxiety.

IFDAS2018 will be held on October 5th to 7th, 2018. IFDAS2018 will take place simultaneously with the 11th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Asian Dental Anesthesiology Societies (FADAS2018) and the 46th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Dental Society of Anesthesiology. The venue is Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA, in Nara, Japan. This international convention facility has a Noh hall and all of you may enjoy a performance of Japanese traditional Noh stage. At the same time, this Noh stage becomes the place of presentation at the meeting. Participants will be able to discuss valuable knowledge and skills in the wide range of dental anesthesiology field while tasting Japanese traditional atmosphere.

Mean temperature is around 15 and 20 degrees Celsius in October in Nara. Fine days and friendly deer will welcome you. Nara is the ancient Japanese capital in the 8th century. You can visit many historical spots near the congress facility. Furthermore, there are many world heritages such as Todaiji Temple in which you can find a great statue of Buddha, Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Please visit Nara and feel the spirits of ancient Japanese culture.

Join the meeting and communicate with each other for dental patients in the world. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing all of you in Nara in October, 2018.

Congress President: Prof. Tatsuya Ichinohe, Tokyo Dental College