Nitrous Oxide “Happy Gas”

For anxious or nervous patients requiring routine dental treatment or maintenance, Barossa Dental offers Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas) sedation which is safe, trailed and tested; it is a way of reducing anxiety and nervousness during dental treatments.

What is involved and what should I expect?

A comfortable nasal hood is placed over the nose and a mixture of happy gas and oxygen is breathed in.

The gas only needs a few minutes before you will start to experience a “floating” feeling. Once this desired state of relaxation has been achieved, your dental treatment will commence as normal. A local anesthetic injection will often still used to keep you more comfortable for the work.

Once your dental treatment is complete, the happy gas is turned off and only pure oxygen is delivered via the nasal mask. And within three to five minutes the “floating” feeling disappears and you return back to normal. You will be able to drive yourself home on the day itself and carry on your daily routines as normal. Nausea and other after effects are very rare.