Happy Gas Sedation

Happy gas sedation in Sydney

At Drummoyne Laser Dental, we offer our patients the option of happy gas or laughing gas sedation, which uses nitrous oxide to relax the patient during treatment. This is particularly useful for those patients who are more anxious at the dentist and is administered by placing a comfortable mask over the nose.

The patient is required to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth, and will begin to feel relaxed and sedated any time after 30 seconds to three or four minutes.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a colourless gas that decreases pain sensitivity and gives the patient a pleasant level of sedation during dental treatment. It is safe and approved for use in dental surgeries and unlike IV sedation or general anaesthesia, the patient can almost always leave the clinic by themselves afterwards, without an escort.

Once the patient is fully relaxed, the dentist may then administer a local anaesthetic injection, as required, and begin the dental treatment. Afterwards, the patient will be given pure oxygen to breathe for about five minutes, and all of the effects of the sedation are usually reversed.

As a precaution, patients should not eat anything for about two hours prior to the use of the gas. 

Happy Gas Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a gas,
commonly referred to as
'happy gas' or
'laughing gas'

Any questions? Just contact our Sydney team on  02 9181 3668 .

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