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Article: Volume 49 Number 2 Page 166 - February 2022

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Dental Sedation:  Using inhalation sedation in practice

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Abstract: This article outlines considerations for use of inhalation sedation (IS) in a primary care setting. It looks at indications, contra-indications and case selection for use of IS in practice. The article also considers relevant rules, regulations and guidelines a practitioner should be aware of if practicing inhalation sedation. Some useful practical tips are included on setting up an inhalation sedation practice and being compliant with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations. Standard requirements for staff and patient safety in practice setting are discussed, as are training, governance and CPD requirements for the dental team providing sedation in accordance with latest guidelines on conscious sedation.

Clinical relevance: This article will be useful for clinicians looking to update their knowledge on the use of inhalation sedation in the primary care setting.

Author notes: Prabhleen Singh Anand, BDS, IQE, MMedSc, FDSRCS(Eng), MPaedDent, FDSPaedDent, Cert Sedation, Consultant and Hon Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry, Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, UCLH NHS Trust, London. Leah Rachel Adams, BDS, MSc ConSed, Senior Dental Officer, Community Dental Service, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. email: prabhleen.anand1@nhs.net

Objective: The reader should gain an understanding of an inhalation sedation service in the primary care setting and recommendations for maintaining safety and effectiveness.