Happy Gas Dentistry for Anxious Patients
Happy gas puts an end to dental anxiety
For many patients suffering from dental anxiety, dental phobias or fear of the dentist, happy gas (aka laughing gas) offers an ideal solution. Within minutes, your troubles can gently float away as you sink into a euphoric state of deep relaxation.
Regular trips to the dentist are essential. But some individuals put off necessary treatments or checkups due to anxiety or fears. Consequently, they can suffer further with poor dental health, requiring more treatment – and unnecessary expense. This is why happy gas/laughing gas is an ideal solution for many.
Happy gas works quickly and effectively to put you into a state of euphoria. It is designed to suppress sensors like touch and hearing, so is ideal for patients who hate tools in their mouth or the sounds of dental drills. Laughing gas also suppresses pain, as a happy gas dentist will tell you, these feelings will be greatly minimised.
There’s no need to feel embarrassed
People can feel anxious at the dentist for a variety of reasons
Fear of needles
Memories of a frightening dental experience
Generalised anxiety disorder
Sensitive teeth or dental pain
Embarrassment over bad teeth
Fear of authority figures
History of abuse
Illness & hypersensitivity/vulnerability
Drift away to a pleasant state of euphoria
Let your troubles gently float away as you sink into a state of deep relaxation.
How it works
Receiving happy gas is easy-breezy!
Pop on an inhaler
We’ll place a small nasal inhaler over your nose. The inhaler should feel completely comfortable to wear.
Take some deep, relaxing breaths
Take a few deep, relaxing breaths of the pleasant gas mixture.
In less than a few minutes, you’ll slowly start to drift away. You’ll feel relaxed, comfortable, carefree and ‘happy’. Your dentist will wait until you are completely happy with your laughing gas, before they start work.
Depending on your treatment, your dentist may also administer a pain injection to numb the area completely.
Awaken to pure oxygen
After the procedure, we’ll turn off the gas and give you pure oxygen for a couple of minutes. Minutes later, you’ll come to, and soon feel completely normal.
FAQs about Happy Gas
Does happy gas put you to sleep?
Some people wonder, ‘does happy gas send me to sleep?’ That depends on the amount given. When happy gas is administered in larger amounts, would fall asleep. Your dentist will discuss with you the appropriate level of gas suitable for you. It’s about finding that sweet spot where you feel comfortable, but not unconscious.
What are the side effects of happy/laughing gas?
What about extensive dental work?
What else can I do for my dental anxiety?
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Our Preferred Providers
Dr Stephen Jiang
Dr. Stephen Jiang is a highly skilled and experienced dentist with over 20 years of private practice experience. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Adelaide, where he excelled in his studies and received comprehensive training in various dental procedures. He also holds a PhD in medical and dental research.
Prior to establishing SJ Dental, Dr. Jiang worked in the public sector where he provided dental care to the general population. He has a passion for oral health and prevention, and he is committed to educating his patients on how to maintain optimal oral health.
Dr. Jiang has a broad range of expertise in all general dentistry, and he has a keen interest in oral surgery and complex dentistry. He is also experienced in both orthodontics and implant dentistry, and he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques.
Outside of work, Dr. Jiang enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and grandkids. He believes in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and he brings that philosophy to his practice by creating a warm and welcoming environment for his patients.
Patients describe Dr. Jiang as a compassionate and skilled dentist who puts their comfort and well-being first. With so many years of clinical experience behind him, he is sure to provide the best care for the entire family. Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, you can trust Dr. Jiang to provide the highest quality dental care while keeping your overall well-being in mind.
Dr John Xu
Patients have always appreciated Dr. Xu's gentle and polite personality, and many have found him to provide excellent service for all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Xu has a keen interest in preventative care, root canal treatment, and Invisalign treatment, and he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques.
Outside of work, Dr. Xu enjoys cooking, and he has worked as a Japanese chef in the past during his university years. He continues to pursue his passion for cooking in his free time. He also enjoys spending time with his young children and family.
Patients describe Dr. Xu as a caring and skilled dentist who puts their comfort and well-being first. With his gentle approach and dedication to excellence, he is sure to provide the best possible care for all of his patients. Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, you can trust Dr. Xu to provide the highest quality dental care while keeping your overall well-being in mind.
Dr Louise Chew
Dr. Chew has a keen interest in preventative dental care, cosmetic procedures, and Invisalign treatment. Patients appreciate her gentle touch and compassionate approach to dentistry, and she is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to all of her patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Chew enjoys spending time with her family, and she loves to travel with them. Her passion for exploring new places and cultures has taken her to many different parts of the world, and she brings that same sense of adventure and curiosity to her work as a dentist.
Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, Dr. Chew is committed to providing the best possible care for all of her patients. With her gentle touch, compassionate approach, and dedication to excellence, you can trust Dr. Chew to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.