Tried happy gas as I’ve always been nervous in a dentist chair. Really works, am now happy to come to the dentist. Thanks Janet – Carol Mac
At Combe Road we recognise that many people are nervous of visiting the dentist and having any form of treatment done. Our dentists are very sympathetic of this problem and are trained in several different techniques to help you to feel more comfortable during your visit.
Relative Analgesia (Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”)
Relative Analgesia is suitable for patients of any age, even if they are on medication, and is commonly used in ambulances and during childbirth to reduce pain and anxiety. The Nitrous Oxide gas is administered through a mask, which is comfortable to wear, and produces a pleasant, relaxed feeling. You remain conscious at all times, although you may feel a little drowsy. The effects are easily dispelled after a few minutes of oxygen and there are no side effects.
We have been treating our patients using Nitrous Oxide for many years and can vouch for its effectiveness. We have found it best to let patients try the gas for the first time before they undergo any actual dental treatment. This is so that they can find out how well it works. We also find that nervous patients become more confident on later visits because they know that the gas will help them relax.
Even though Nitrous Oxide is very good, some of our very nervous patients prefer an even stronger sedative. This involves a relaxant drug administered through a vein. You will become drowsy and unaware of the treatment being carried out, but you will still be conscious and able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of the medicine take a while to wear off, so you will need to be accompanied both at the surgery and for the rest of that day.