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Equipment Loan

Inhalation Sedation Machine Loan Scheme

Application Form

Inhalation sedation is a technique that is taught on the regularly held SAAD courses.

In order to facilitate the uptake of its use, the SAAD Board has approved a scheme to loan inhalation sedation and scavenging systems for a six-month period to SAAD members who are registered as a dentist, medical doctor or dental hygienist/therapist and have recently attended a SAAD National Course in Conscious Sedation. At the end of this time period the user will be offered the opportunity to purchase the system from SAAD at a discount.

SAAD Commitment

  • SAAD is committed to facilitating the use of Inhalation Sedation by its members to improve the quality of a patient’s clinical experience.
  • SAAD will provide advice, support and encouragement to the successful scheme users on the use of Inhalation Sedation during the trial period.

Clinician’s Commitment

The clinician delivering Inhalation Sedation under this scheme will

  • Arrange for the installation of the units in the surgery environment*
  • Organise the supply of medicinal gases
  • Ensure that an approved engineer undertakes any necessary servicing or repairs; these expenses will be borne by the practitioner.
  • The clinician will be expected to make a formal report to the SAAD Board at the end of the trial period. This document should include information on the number of cases treated, the type of care delivered, the quality of sedation provided and other relevant outcomes.

(* The specialist anaesthetic company McKesson will visit the clinical setting to provide advice and assistance with technical aspects related to the Inhalational Sedation machines and the scavenging units.)

Clinician’s Responsibilities

  • The clinician must practise Inhalational Sedation within the context of the recommendations of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care. 2020’
  • The clinician must demonstrate that appropriately sedation trained chair-side support staff are available prior to accepting delivery of the equipment.
  • The clinician accepts legal responsibility for the consequences of using the Inhalation Sedation equipment.

Criteria for entry to the scheme

Applicants must:

  • Be a SAAD member who is registered as a dentist/medical doctor/dental hygienist or therapist
  • Have attended a recent SAAD National Course in Conscious Sedation
  • Complete the application form and submit a project plan

The project plan should clearly demonstrate:

    • Current sedation provision
    • Scope of the proposed Inhalation Sedation service
    • Staff trained in the provision of Inhalation Sedation
      • Date of the most recent ILS training for the above staff and PILS training if children are going to be sedated
      • Date of most recent sedation CPD
    • Outcome measures

An awarding panel consisting of SAAD Trustees will consider the applications and offer the successful candidates the opportunity to participate in this scheme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be sent to the clinician, and the loan will be organised once the signed MoU has been returned to SAAD.

Enquiries should be addressed to Fiona Trimingham

Application forms and project plans should be submitted to

Application Form


SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.