Also known as laughing gas. When inhaled properly, it makes the patients feel certain level of euphoria - hence the name. This is the most popular and common method of sedation, achieving both anesthetic and analgesic effect. The chemical compound used is called as Nitrous Oxide. For those who suffer from mild to moderate anxiety when visiting the dentist, this gas, mixed together with Oxygen, is administered to help you cope the fear.
A small nose piece is securely placed over your nose and adjustments will be made if necessary. You'll then be asked to simply breathe in the nitrous oxide mixture. Around 2-3 minutes later, you will feel relaxed, happy and care-free. Once this point is reached, treatment procedure begins. Basing on the treatment, local anesthetic may be required following gas. However, due to its anesthetic effect, injections will be painless too. You will remain awake all through the procedure, thus the dentist will be able to converse with you making the whole process easier. At the end of the procedure, pure oxygen is given for a minute or two and then the nose piece is removed. After around 5 minutes, you will feel
normal and in most cases, it is perfectly safe to drive after the treatment.
If you're anxious about visiting a dentist but need treatment, don't let your anxiety put you off anymore from visiting us as the happy gas treatment is readily available at both our practice locations to help you.