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Equipment Loan

Inhalation Sedation Machine Loan Scheme

Application Form

Inhalational sedation is a technique that is taught on the regularly held SAAD courses. In order to facilitate the uptake of its use, SAAD Council has approved a scheme to loan Inhalational Sedation and scavenging systems to SAAD members for a six-month trial period. At the end of this time period the user will be offered the opportunity to purchase the complete system from SAAD at a discount in a single payment.

SAAD Commitment

  • SAAD is committed to facilitating the use of Inhalational 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 Inhalational Sedation during the trial period.

Clinician's Commitment

The clinician delivering Inhalational 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 Council at the end of the trial period. This document should include information on the number of case treated, the type of care delivered, the quality of sedation provided and other relevant outcomes.
  • The Clinician agrees to participate in qualitative and quantitative questionnaires relating to their experience of the RA Loan scheme

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. 2015'
  • The clinician must demonstrate that appropriately trained chair-side support staff is available prior to accepting delivery of the equipment.
  • The clinician accepts legal responsibility for the consequences of using the Inhalational Sedation equipment.
  • SAAD will arrange for the specialist anaesthetic company McKesson to visit the clinical setting to provide advice and assistance with technical aspects related to the Inhalational Sedation machines and the scavenging units.

Criteria for entry to the scheme

Applicants must:

  • Be a SAAD member
  • Be a registered dentist, doctor, dental hygienist or therapist
  • Have attended a recent SAAD National course in Sedation
  • Complete the application form

Applicants will also be expected to present a project plan that clearly demonstrates:

  • The scope of the proposed Inhalational Sedation service
  • Training needs prior to, during and following the scheme
  • Outcome measures including benefits to patients

An awarding panel consisting of SAAD Trustees will consider the applications and offer the successful candidates the opportunity to participate in this scheme. You can obtain an application form below, please contact the Executive Secretary, with any queries.

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.