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COVID-19 and Inhalation Sedation

Updated: April 3rd 2020

The risk of COVID-19 transmission from using IS machines appears to be low.

However, in addition to GDC and BDA guidance, SAAD recommends alternative measures for managing dental emergencies wherever possible.

In extenuating circumstances, where an IS machine is used, it is advisable to dispose of the nasal hoods and tubing, and ensure the machine is decontaminated (including the outer surface of the reservoir bag) in accordance with the guidelines highlighted below.*

In addition, due to the high aerosol generating potential, the appropriately trained clinicians providing the care, should ensure that correct PPE is worn.

*Routine decontamination of reusable noninvasive equipment

COVID-19: infection prevention and control

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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.