Dental Happy Gas

Dentists can use happy gas to calm their patient’s nerves and make the treatment more pleasant.

Are you nervous about receiving dental treatment in the dental chair

If you are nervous about a visit to the dentist, happy gas might be a good option for you. For this type of dental treatment, come and see our Bendigo dentist. They will discuss the pros and cons with you.

What is happy gas?

Happy gas or laughing gas is colourless, odourless and tasteless.  It makes patients relaxed, reduces anxiety and minimises dental fear.

Nitrous oxide is another name for the gas. It is safe and used in a lot of teeth related procedures and will leave your body almost immediately after the procedure.

How happy gas is given to me?

Nervous teenager is laughing after having dental happy gas treatment

The gas company supplies cylinders to dentists. The dentist firstly checks your medical history. By checking your history, they will determine whether you are fit to receive treatment under nitrous oxide.

The dental professional will place a breathing mask on your nose. You can inhale the nitrous oxide through this nosepiece.We will mix the oxygen and nitrous oxide and administer them through the nosepiece. Our dentists, Dr Turk and Dr Mohan will decide what percentages of oxygen and nitrous oxide to use. The level will vary depending on the patient. Once you reach the optimal rate, you will feel relaxed and happy.

Some procedures still need numbing, but you won’t be nervous about the process. In most cases, you won’t feel the administration of local anaesthetic.

Our dentist stops the gas once they finish your treatment. You will breathe normal air shortly after we stop the gas.

The gases will completely leave your body within 10 – 15 minutes.

You should not drive or operate machinery for at least 30 minutes to two hours after treatment. Your dentist will advise you of this before and after your treatment.

Please note, it is very difficult to do any long dental procedures like teeth crowns or difficult procedures like root canal filling under happy gas.