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What is “Happy gas or laughing gas” And how does it work? [ video ]


Hi, it’s Dr. Shehan from Dentists of Ivanhoe Central. Today I’d like to talk to you a bit about what happy gas is and how it works. Happy gas is when we give you nitrous oxide and oxygen through one of these masks, which you put over your nose.

And the gas, what the gas does is makes you feel relaxed, happy, and also it gets rid of any sort of anxiety you might have when you go to the dentist. Now, as an added bonus, you can also get some pain relief while you have the gas, which means sometimes we can do some of our dental work without having to give you any needles, which is fantastic.

Now the gas goes through this mask and works instantly and we can control how much we can give you, so we can make sure that we can get you into that really nice, really happy state. Now most people find this experience really really enjoyable and also once we turn off the gas, it leaves your body really quickly, which means you can go ahead and carry on with your normal duties as you would normally, very quickly.

So the benefits are, it’s quick and easy, it’s not addictive, very few people experience side effects like nausea, the recovery period is only about five minutes, which is fantastic, which means you can go back to work straight away.

If you have a tendency to gag when you go to the dentist, the happy gas can help with that. And also, it’s one of the safest ways we can relieve anxiety. Works well with kids as well, so it’s a great way to get your kids into the dentist. If you aren’t sure about whether happy gas is right for you, the next time you’re at the dentist, just give it a go, try it on for a couple of minutes and see if you like it.

If you do, carry on with it, and if you don’t, we can talk about other ways how we can make your experience really comfortable.

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