Inhalation sedation

What is inhalation sedation? 

This is a technique whereby patients are encouraged to breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (“gas and air”) in order to bring about a state of sedation. It is designed to help you relax during your treatment.

Sedation is defined as a technique in which the use of a drug or drugs produces a state of depression of the central nervous system enabling treatment to be carried out. 

You will remain conscious and you will be able to understand and respond to verbal commands.

How is inhalation sedation given?

You will be asked to breathe in and out through a small mask which will be placed over your nose and which you can adjust yourself until it is comfortable.  The dentist will then talk you through the procedure, explaining what he/she is doing, and allowing you time to gain control of your anxiety.  

Your dental treatment will be carried out in the same way as it would be if you were not sedated.