Happy Gas Dentistry For Anxious Patients

Affectionately known as laughing gas or happy gas, this type of sedation gives the patient a certain feeling of euphoria – hence the ‘happy gas’ title.

Happy Gas Dentistry For Anxious Patients

Affectionately known as laughing gas or happy gas, this type of sedation gives the patient a certain feeling of euphoria – hence the ‘happy gas’ title.

Happy Gas In – Anxiety Out

If you suffer from mild to moderate anxiety when visiting the dentist then one way that we can help is by administering nitrous oxide. Affectionately known as laughing gas or happy gas, this type of sedation gives the patient a certain feeling of euphoria – hence the ‘happy gas’ title. Moreover, it’s designed to suppress the senses like hearing, touch, and more importantly…pain, so any feelings will be greatly minimised.

The technique involves breathing in small amounts of nitrous oxide along with oxygen. As such, nausea or other side effects rarely occur. Therefore, it’s ideal for nearly all dental patients both young and old and in particular, as any happy gas dentist will tell you, anxious or nervous patients.

Happy Gas Dentistry For Anxious Patients

If you suffer from mild to moderate anxiety when visiting the dentist then one way that we can help is by administering nitrous oxide. Affectionately known as laughing gas or happy gas, this type of sedation gives the patient a certain feeling of euphoria – hence the ‘happy gas’ title. Moreover it’s designed to suppress the senses like hearing, touch, and more importantly…pain, so any feelings will be greatly minimised.

The technique involves breathing in small amounts of nitrous oxide along with oxygen. As such, nausea or other side effects rarely occur. Therefore, it’s ideal for nearly all dental patients both young and old and in particular, as any happy gas dentist will tell you, anxious or nervous patients.

How does Happy Gas Dentistry Work?

Firstly, we’ll place a small nasal inhaler gently onto the patient’s nose. This should be comfortable and can be adjusted by the patient if necessary. Then the patient simply breathes in the nitrous gas mixture. Around 3 minutes later, the patient will start to feel relaxed, carefree, and happy. Once this point is reached, treatment can begin.

On some occasions, it’s necessary to use a local anaesthetic depending on the treatment and if this is the case, then the laughing gas effects mean that the injection will be painless. However, in many circumstances, an injection might not be needed at all.

How does Happy Gas Dentistry Work?

Firstly, we’ll place a small nasal inhaler gently onto the patient’s nose. This should be comfortable and can be adjusted by the patient if necessary. Then the patient simply breathes in the nitrous gas mixture. Around 3 minutes later, the patient will start to feel relaxed, carefree, and happy. Once this point is reached, treatment can begin.

On some occasions, it’s necessary to use a local anaesthetic depending on the treatment and if this is the case, then the laughing gas effects mean that the injection will be painless. However, in many circumstances, an injection might not be needed at all.

Does Happy Gas put me to Sleep?

You may already know that nitrous oxide is actually an anaesthetic, however, when used in smaller quantities and deployed as happy gas, the patient remains awake rather than being unconscious. Of course, being awake means that the dentist can converse with the patient making the whole process easier.
happy gas treatment

Does Happy Gas put me to Sleep?

You may already know that nitrous oxide is actually an anaesthetic, however, when used in smaller quantities and deployed as happy gas, the patient remains awake rather than being unconscious. Of course, being awake means that the dentist can converse with the patient making the whole process easier.
Happy Gas Treatment

Are there any Nitrous Oxide Side Effects?

Usually, when patients have to endure any kind of anesthetic, they feel a little groggy, or perhaps somewhat queasy for a day or two until the anaesthetic has worn off. Not so with happy gas! Once the treatment has ended, the patient is given pure oxygen for a minute or two and then normal room air. After around 5 minutes, the patient should be back to normal and in most cases, it’s perfectly safe for them to drive home after treatment.

Are there any Nitrous Oxide Side Effects?

Usually, when patients have to endure any kind of anesthetic, they feel a little groggy, or perhaps somewhat queasy for a day or two until the anaesthetic has worn off. Not so with happy gas! Once the treatment has ended, the patient is given pure oxygen for a minute or two and then normal room air. After around 5 minutes, the patient should be back to normal and in most cases, it’s perfectly safe for them to drive home after treatment.

So How is Happy Gas used for Anxious Patients?

Happy gas can be administered to anxious patients in exactly the same way as detailed above, to help them feel more relaxed. In fact, it can be used on any procedure from fitting crowns and dental implants, through to less invasive practices such as fillings and even dental check-ups. Many of our patients tell us that it’s a very pleasant way of having dental treatment.

If you’re anxious about visiting the dentist but need treatment, then why not talk to us about our happy gas treatment. Randwick Smiles is one of the few practices to offer this type of sedation in the area, so why not give us a call to see how we can help. Don’t let your anxiety put you off from visiting the dentist. Book your consultation today on (02) 8188 4625.

So How is Happy Gas used for Anxious Patients?

Happy gas can be administered to anxious patients in exactly the same way as detailed above, to help them feel more relaxed. In fact, it can be used on any procedure from fitting crowns and dental implants, through to less invasive practices such as fillings and even dental check-ups. Many of our patients tell us that it’s a very pleasant way of having dental treatment.

If you’re anxious about visiting the dentist but need treatment, then why not talk to us about our happy gas treatment. Randwick Smiles is one of the few practices to offer this type of sedation in the area, so why not give us a call to see how we can help. Don’t let your anxiety put you off from visiting the dentist. Book your consultation today on (02) 8188 4625.


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