Nervous/Anxious Patients » Inhalation Sedation / Relative Analgesia
What is inhalation sedation?
This is one of the forms of sedation dentistry administered to patients, especially nervous patients or those suffering from dental phobia.
Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen breathed through a nosepiece/rubber cup which fits comfortably over the nose. This helps your child to feel relaxed and accept treatment more easily.
Inhalation sedation is also known as 'happy gas/air'. Inhalation sedation is NOT general anaesthesia, and does not make you go to sleep.
What will you feel?
During inhalation sedation you can feel:
- slightly drowsy but not asleep
- slightly warm
- tingling in the feet or hands
You will be awake and conscious throughout the procedure and will be able to talk.
How quickly does it work?
Inhalation sedation takes a few minutes to become effective and also a few minutes to recover from at the end of the procedure.
Inhalation sedation is a safe and recommended form of sedation for children or patients undergoing minor procedures.
Before the appointment:
- If possible, arrange the appointment early in the day, which helps reduce stress and anxiety and children are less tired.
- Please contact our team if you develop a cold (inhalation sedation does not work if you have a cold or a blocked nose).
- A written consent form is required to be signed by the person with parental responsibility before treatment under inhalation sedation.
On the day of the appointment:
- Loose clothing should be worn.
- Fasting is NOT required. A child should have a light meal approximately an hour or two before the appointment.
- Greasy/oily food should not be eaten as it can make the child feel nauseous during treatment.
- A responsible adult must accompany the child.
- Inform the dentist if your child's health or medication has changed.
After the treatment:
- After inhalation sedation, the child should avoid active sports, swimming, cycling, dancing, skating, crossing the road on their own for the rest of the day.
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