Yes, we get that sharp instruments, drilling, noise, gurgles and more, can bring on the nerves. At Enamel, we'll do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

At Enamel, we always come across anxious clients, so it is completely normal to feel a little nervous. However, our aim is to make our clients feel comfortable and calm during our treatment.

Nitrous Oxide, better known as ‘Happy Gas’ or ‘Laughing Gas’ is a great and safe way to alleviate any anxiety or stress.

Administered through a mask over the nose, the gas takes about five minutes to take its effect, making you feel relaxed and HAPPY! The dentist can easily adjust the level of sedation if you feel like you need more or less.

Once the nitrous oxide is turned off, the effects take a few minutes to subside and you can get on with your day normally. 

Your oral health is our priority, so the Enamel family is always open to discussing options to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

You can read our article in dealing with dental phobia and also watch the video below for more information on how Happy Gas works.

Happy Gas Information Video


Nitrous oxide (N2O), more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a colourless and odourless local sedation method.

Nitrous oxide is effective as a sedative because it relaxes patients with the pleasurable feelings it emits. Nitrous oxide’s usefulness also stems from how quickly it works and that its effects are reversible. For those and other reasons, nitrous oxide is widely considered to be a safe sedation method.

Yes, please talk with our dentist at the beginning of your appointment if you feel anxious and we can discuss the options to make your time with us as pleasant as possible. 

Only  a minority of patients experience any negative side effects. They can occur if the nitrous level is too high or if the amount being inhaled quickly changes.

Potential side effects are as follows:

  • Headaches
  • Shivering
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue

Once the nitrous oxide has been turned off, a patient needs to receive oxygen for at least five minutes to avoid a headache. The oxygen purges any remaining gas from the lungs while aiding the patient in becoming alert and awake.

Meals are another focus point when receiving nitrous oxide. It’s a good idea to eat lightly prior to your procedure and avoid a big meal for three hours afterward. Also, consult your dentist as to when it is safe for you to drive post procedure.

Not only is it safe for children, but laughing gas is a preferred sedation method for children who are nervous or anxious about a pending procedure.

Discuss with your child’s dentist ahead of time to determine the appropriate sedation method. Some children may suffer from nausea or have difficulty wearing the mask needed to breathe it in.

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