Happy Gas Nitrous oxide

Putney Dental Surgery on Charles (behind florist)

Happy Gas  Nitrous Oxide

For many people, a visit to the dentist can be frightening or even terrifying. Dental phobia is a serious and often paralyzing fear of seeking dental care. Never be embarrassed if you have been ridiculed in the past for your behavior or if you are embarrassed by your present dental condition caused by your neglect, please express yourself honestly and give us a chance to understand your concerns and show you that we understand your fear and can provide treatment options like happy gas nitrous oxide

Happy gas or nitrous oxide-oxygen, is the most common sedation technique Inhalation sedation is a preferable option as patients recover quickly and can leave the dental office alone and immediately resume your normal daily activities.

Nitrous Oxide (N20) is an anesthetic gas that has been used since the beginning of the last century. It is commonly used during surgery and as a pain relief method during dental procedures Nitrous Oxide is mixed with oxygen. The concentration of Nitrous Oxide that a patient will receive varies between 30 to 70%. Nitrous Oxide is breathed into the lungs and there it very quickly enters the blood stream. Nitrous Oxide reaches the brain within 20 seconds. The normal function of the brain is depressed to varying degrees.

How is Nitrous Oxide and oxygen administered?

Happy Gas is breathed in by the patient either using a face mask. To use it correctly the patient begins breathing on face mask deeply at the beginning of the dental treatment and the dentist will then slowly administer the required level of the Nitrous Oxide and oxygen mixture until the patient is in a relaxed state. Depending on the concentration and length of administration of laughing gas, four levels of sedation can be experienced (after an initial feeling of light-headedness):

  1. a tingling sensation, especially in the arms and legs, or a feeling of vibration (“parasthesia”), quickly followed by
  2. warm sensations, and
  3. a feeling of well-being, euphoria and/or floating. During heavier sedation, hearing may dissolve into a constant, electronic-like throbbing.
  4. At a deeper level of sedation again, sleepiness, difficulty to keep one’s eyes open or speak (“dream”) can occur. Should nausea set in, it means you’re definitely oversedated!

If you experience any unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea drowsiness let your dentist know so that they can adjust the percentage of N2O. Alternatively, just take the mask off.

During relative analgesia, we will have the patient only within the first three stages.

Once the treatment is completed and patient stops breathing the Nitrous Oxide and oxygen mixture and begins to breath air again, the effects of the Nitrous Oxide wears off quickly. We recommend that you have someone to assist you on the way home or you will be required to wait atleast 45 minutes before being discharged from the surgery.

Putney Dental Surgery now offers on line purchase of professionally recommended products such as recaldent chewing gum and GC tooth mousse at dentalshop.com
We use and recommend the Pikster product range

Local residents from Putney Hill, Putney or Ryde can pick up these  products  (Colgates, Recladent, GC Tooth Mousse)from our practice

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