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WHAT IS INHALATION SEDATION?

  • Inhalational sedation is a form of anxiety control which makes dental treatment more pleasant.
  • It involves using a mixture of gases (nitrous oxide and oxygen) which is breathed in using a nose mask.
  • You may get a feeling of warmth throughout your body as well as some mild tingling and light headedness.
  • It makes you feel drowsy and relaxed whilst the procedure is carried out.
  • You will be awake and will still be able to communicate verbally with us.
  • This is not a general anaesthetic, you are not unconscious.

WHO CAN BE SEDATED?

  • This form of sedation is recommended for both adults and children.
  • It is not suitable for everybody so we will check carefully to make sure that you can have sedation safely.
  • For successful inhalation sedation, you must be able to breathe comfortably through your nose.
  • You must also be able to understand and co-operate with the sedation.
  • Inhalation sedation can be very helpful for people who tend to gag a lot during dental treatment.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • It alleviates anxiety and stress associated with dentistry.
  • It enables us to undertake the procedure with greater ease and safety.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? 


  • Inhalation sedation is a very safe technique and risks are minimal.
  • Some patients may experience a mild headache or nausea.
  • If you become too drowsy, you will be given oxygen which will rapidly reverse the effects.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

  • The main alternative to inhalational sedation is intravenous sedation which uses a cannula in a vein to deliver a sedative drug.
  • The other option is a general anaesthetic where you would be completely asleep during your treatment. This is associated with increased risk and must be carries out in hospital.
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