At Toorak Fine Dentistry, our dentists are certified in the administration of Nitrous Oxide Sedation to relieve dental anxiety. We understand that many patients are anxious or nervous when attending the dentist. We therefore offer Nitrous Oxide, (also known as “happy gas”) to make treatment more comfortable, decrease anxiety and provide a state of relaxation.
What is Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas)?
Nitrous Oxide is not intended to put your child to sleep. They will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions our dentists may have throughout the appointment. A flavoured nose piece is placed over your child’s nose and we will ask them to breathe normally through the nose. Within a few short minutes they should start to feel the effects of the happy gas. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy and relaxed. Ultimately, your child should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly after the mask is removed.
How do we arrange Nitrous Oxide for our appointment?
Parents or carers must give consent prior to “happy gas”. Our dentists will always check your child’s suitability for nitrous oxide prior to use. If you think this may be a good option for you or your child, or you have benefited from nitrous oxide treatment in the past please mention it to our receptionists when booking your appointment.
Are there any side effects of Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide has become a very popular way to improve your comfort and relaxation at the dentist due to its safety, efficacy and limited side effects. Like all medical and dental treatments, there are risks involved. As described above, we will always check your suitability for nitrous oxide. Although it is unusual, some children may feel nauseated and can vomit in response to the happy gas. Because of this, we recommend only a small meal prior to any appointment involving happy gas.
Any Surgical or Invasive Procedure Carries Risks. Before Proceeding With a Surgical or Invasive Procedure, You Should Seek a Second Opinion From an Appropriately Qualified Health Practitioner.