Inhalation Sedation ('Happy Air') for Dental
It is very common for people of all ages to be a little nervous
about having dental treatment. Inhalation sedation, also known as
'happy air', is one of the simplest ways to make the whole process
as easy and comfortable as possible.
Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation. It is a mixture
of nitrous oxide and oxygen breathed through a nosepiece. This
helps you to feel relaxed and accept dental treatment. Local
anaesthetic (injection in the gum) may still be used depending on
the treatment needed.
During inhalation sedation you will be aware of the surroundings
and able to talk, but it will make you feel more relaxed.
Inhalation sedation is NOT a general anaesthetic and it does not
make you go to sleep.
What are the advantages?
How does it make you feel?
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 you
will feel back to normal and alert.
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital