Relative analgesia has been known by a number of names: laughing gas, inhalation sedation, happy gas, gas and air, Nitrous Oxide - Oxygen.
Nitrous Oxide is simply a gas which you can breathe in, it has no colour or smell and is non-irritant. In relative analgesia it is used in combination with Oxygen. It is simply breathed in and out through a nasal mask. The concentration of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen is carefully titrated until the correct level of sedation is achieved.
Local anaesthetic is used in the mouth during the relative analgesia to ensure your dental treatment is carried out painlessly and for your post-operative comfort.
The patient will initially feel a sense of light headedness, followed by a tingling sensation, especially in the arms and legs, this followed by a 'warm' feeling and then a sense of well-being, euphoria or floating. You are able to speak and communicate with the dentist throughout the procedure. The dentist will be regularly asking you 'how do you feel?' If at any time you experience unpleasantness, you are able to inform the dentist and the concentrations can be adjusted.
This is a very safe procedure and suitable for children over the age of 5yrs, young adults and adults who are anxious about dentistry. Children under the age of 5yrs should be referred to a hospital setting as recommended by the NHS.
Most general dental procedures can be carried out using Relative Analgesia.
Dr Mital A Patel | Dental Surgeon | GDC 229253
BDS Cardiff 2012, MFDS RCS Eng 2013
Dr Patel graduated from Cardiff University in 2012, then going on to obtain the MFDS RCS examination in 2013. Dr Patel has undertaken further postgraduate training in treating nervous patients with sedation and is a member of the (SAAD) Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry.
Dr Vinika Patel | Dental Surgeon | GDC 229169
BDS Birm 2012, MJDF RCS (Eng) 2013
Dr Patel graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and in 2013 obtained her MJDF RCS.
She obtained further postgraduate training at Kings College Hospital London, in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Intravenous sedation, relative analgesia, dental emergencies, paediatric trauma and the management of nervous patients.
Dr Fatima Maddix | Dental Surgeon | GDC 178960
BDS Manc 2009, MJDF RCS Eng 2010
Dr Maddix qualified from the University of Manchester in 2009. She obtained her MJDF RCS examonation in 2010. and her (SAAD) Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry membership in 2012. Since graduating as a Dental Surgeon she pursued further training in Oral maxillofacial Surgery at various UK hospitals. She also works as an Oral surgeon at Northwick Park , West Middlesex and Central Middlesex Hospitals in London. She is involved in the teaching and training of junior Doctors and Dentists. In her spare time she enjoys running, art and painting.