Nitrous oxide is a gas, and is commonly known as happy gas or laughing gas. Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce pain and anxiety during dental treatment.
Happy gas is a great sedation option for our anxious and phobic patients. It helps you relax and take the edge off during your dental visits.
Happy gas is a way that our Platypus Dental team can help you feel relaxed at the dentist. It helps take the edge off the whole appointment as you breathe through a nose-piece during your dental visit.
You will feel a bit spacey, relaxed and a significant reduction in sensations. Happy gas almost makes you feel ‘tipsy’, in a way, and is a safe adjunct for any dental visit.
The treatment involves breathing in a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. You remain conscious all the time, although you may be a little drowsy. There are no after-effects and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes.
For all of these reasons, happy gas is the most frequently used and safest sedation method used in dentistry.