Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxidefor Dental Procedures

Nitrous oxide is a gas, commonly known as 'happy gas' or 'laughing gas'.Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce a pain and anxiety during dental treatment.You will breathe the gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. Usually recover quickly from the effects of the gas.

What to expect

Nitrous oxide sedation is done in the dental chair. You will breathe the sedation gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. It does  not cover their mouth.

The nitrous oxide makes patient feel sleepy and relaxed. Patient will still be aware of what is happening around them but will feel more relaxed, dreamy and floaty, warm, have tingling in their hands and feet and may be a bit forgetful. They may not be able to remember the procedure.While giving the nitrous oxide, staff will monitor your level of sedation to ensure that they can still cooperate and hold their mouth open.

Dental treatment will be done in the usual manner. Local anaesthesia may also be used and can be given when the child is sedated.


Nitrous Oxide Procedure