Sedation inhalation

What is sedation inhalation?

Sedation Inhalation is a revolutionary technique used in dental medicine, through which the conscious sedation of the patient is achieved. After this sedation, a state of relaxation is obtained, which facilitates the necessary dental treatment.


This technique was studied and developed by Dr. Langa who discovered that the fear and anxiety associated with dental treatments, specific to many patients, can be removed. This is done by inducing a state of relaxation by administering a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen peroxide.


After administering this mixture, the patient’s state of relaxation makes the treatments take place in the easiest way, which leads to the most pleasant experience in the dentist’s office.

How is inhalation done?

For those reluctant about this process, we have chosen to present this technique in detail, thus demonstrating both its utility and complete patient safety.


The process is simple, administered right on the chair in the dental office. Thus, a nasal mask is applied to the patient through which he inhales the mixture of nitrogen peroxide and oxygen. This combination results in a laughing gas whose main attribute is the sedative and slightly analgesic effect.


Thus, after the administration of this gas, a state of relaxation and well-being appears, and often a sensation of detachment or alteration of time.

The most important aspect of this technique is that the patient remains conscious throughout the treatment, being able to collaborate with the doctor and answer questions appropriately.


Being a simple process, this type of sedation does not necessarily need to be administered by an anesthesiologist.


The procedure can also be applied by dentists who have completed theoretical and practical courses in the technique of inhalation administration in the dental office.

Effects derived from sedation inhalation

Inhaling the gas combination described above primarily has effects on the oral apparatus, effects that help to establish the state of relaxation specific to this procedure and automatically simplify the treatment.


Among these effects should be mentioned:

  • A discreet onset of pain disappearance;
  • Less frequent swallowing;
  • Much reduced sense of grace;


Although these are only some of the derived effects, at a first analysis we can realize how much they help in the process of achieving an easy, safe, stress-free treatment and without wasting precious time.

Risks and precautions

Inhalation is a technique that is applied only after a proper assessment of the patient’s state of health.


The application in a correct, safe and effective manner of inhalation, together with the assessment already carried out, makes the risks associated with this procedure almost non-existent.


The only disadvantage of this procedure is that there are some patients who do not respond properly to the administration, the expected effects not being met.

This usually happens in association with other problems such as alcohol consumption, impulsivity, etc.


Regarding precautions, the recommendation in case of inhalation is not a special one, no special preparation is required.


However, it is recommended not to eat food before 2 hours of administration, there should be no respiratory problems at the time of administration, and in some cases the patient will have to be accompanied to the clinic.

Who is this procedure for?

The inhalation technique can be used in both children and adults. In general, it is recommended for anxious, fearful patients in order to eliminate these conditions and to be able to carry out the treatment without any hindrance.


It is often used in the case of very young children to give them the most pleasant experience at the dentist, bearing in mind that collaboration can be more difficult at young ages.


Another case in which this technique can be administered is for people with special needs, the only condition being that there are no conditions incompatible with inhalation.


Here, through this innovative technique, available at the Dentland clinic, even the most fearful and anxious patients can benefit from effective, easy and quick treatments.