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 you to sleep. Throughout the appointment, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions our dentists may have. A flavoured nose piece is placed over your nose and we will ask you to breathe normally through the nose. Within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the happy gas. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy and relaxed. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. Another benefit of Nitrous Oxide is its ability to reduce the gag reflex. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly after the mask is removed.
How do we arrange Nitrous Oxide for our appointment?
Our dentists will always check your suitability for nitrous oxide prior to use by taking a thorough medical history. For most patients, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective way to relieve dental anxiety and improve your experience at the dentist. If you think nitrous oxide may be a good option for you, or you have benefited from nitrous oxide treatment in the past please mention it to our receptionists when booking your appointment.
Can I drive home after Nitrous Oxide at my dentist appointment?
The short answer is Yes. Nitrous Oxide sedation is felt within minutes, and the effects wear off within minutes after the gas is stopped. The sedation effect can take anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes to begin. In approximately, one third of patients they will report feeling tingling in their cheeks and gums. At the end of treatment, our dentists will complete a 100% oxygen flush for several minutes to ensure the nitrous gas is out of your system. Please be aware, that after dental treatment you may feel tired and it can often be helpful to have a family member or friend drive you home if possible.
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