A visit to the dentist can scare anyone. And Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons for putting off a dental visit to a dental clinic. But at Rosanna Family Dental, our expert Dentist Dr Sapan Pannu makes each visit as relaxing as possible and helps patients to win over their dental fears.

If the procedure causes any discomfort, Our expert Dentist uses Happy gas / Nitrous sedation for Adults and kids to relieve the pain. Sometimes it is also referred to as Sleep Dentistry.

What Does Happy Gas Do?

Happy Gas is a Nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, that can be helpful for you and your child in receiving the necessary dental care in a compassionate way. Laughing gas is a type of sedative agent, which reduces anxiety and assists you in pain control. The laughing gas does not put you to sleep but helps you in calming down the dental fear and gets you ready for the dental treatment by putting away your anxiety.

The Happy, Successful and comfortable appointment is a result of the use of Happy Gas rather than not using it and getting ahead with the challenging and upsetting dental visit. Nitrous oxide also can have some pain-reducing effects, can help in painless injections and again help lead to a more comfortable, successful treatment appointment.

How Does Happy Gas Work?

Laughing gas has been proven to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimising the gag reflex. The laughing gas works quickly, usually having an effect in just 2 – 3 minutes after your child starts breathing it. It is very safe, and we explain to you/your child that it will usually just make them feel a little bit floaty. At the end of the appointment, we turn the nitrous oxide part of the laughing gas off and have your child breathe 100% oxygen for about 3 – 5 minutes, which removes the nitrous oxide from their system before they even sit up.

Side Effects of Happy Gas

Nausea is one of the consequences of using laughing gas. The most common reason is the error in the ratio of laughing gas and oxygen. If the amount of laughing gas is more than 70%, nausea may occur. Pregnant women; people with asthma, other respiratory diseases and pulmonary hypertension and those with otitis, decompression sickness or fractured ribs must avoid the use of laughing gas. Those with phenylketonuria (a genetic disorder), must also refrain from using it. A combination of alcohol and laughing gas can also prove harmful to the user. Those who use it with other illegal drugs may also suffer from severe and life-threatening side effects. It should not be used by those who take antidepressant drugs. Side effects of laughing gas may include numbness in the arms and legs, fatigue, dizziness and headache. In some rare cases, it may cause mental confusion as it is said to affect the vitamin B12 reserve of the body. A deficiency of vitamin B12 may lead to neurological problems.