Nitrous (Happy Gas) & IV Sedation

Enhance Your Dental Experience with Sedation: Comfort and Calmness Combined

We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes be an anxiety-inducing experience. It’s no secret that many avoid coming to the dentist and getting their necessary care because they’re anxious about the procedures and what will happen during their appointment. That’s why we offer the option of dental treatment under the calming effects of sedation. Sedation dentistry, also called “sleep dentistry,” involves administering sedatives before dental procedures to reduce a patient’s level of anxiety. This encompasses a range of techniques dentists employ to help calm patients or make them feel more comfortable. Sedative medication may be administered orally (oral sedation), intravenously (IV/twilight sedation), or by inhalation (nitrous oxide gas/happy gas), without having to undergo the stress or cost of underdoing a full general anaesthetic in hospital. Dental sedation empowers nervous patients to pursue treatment without being hindered by their fears or anxieties. It may also benefit people who fear needles or have a sensitive gag reflex or a low pain threshold. When effectively anaesthetised and sedated, our dentists are able to work efficiently, knowing you are comfortable.

Our goal is to ensure your dental experience is comfortable and safe, and to ensure your access to dental care is not hindered by anxiety.

What is Nitrous Oxide Gas?

Nitrous oxide is a safe and mild sedative that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose. It’s a colourless and odorless gas that helps you relax and feel at ease during dental procedures. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide allows you to remain awake and responsive throughout the treatment, making it an excellent choice for patients who experience dental anxiety or mild discomfort.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Gas:


Nitrous oxide induces a sense of calm and relaxation, helping to alleviate anxiety and nervousness often associated with dental visits.

Quick Onset and Recovery:

The effects of nitrous oxide take effect quickly and wear off just as swiftly once the mask is removed. This means you can resume your daily activities almost immediately after the procedure, including driving yourself home.

Enhanced Comfort:

Patients often report feeling more comfortable and less sensitive to pain under the influence of nitrous oxide gas

No Lingering Effects:

Unlike some other sedation methods, nitrous oxide gas does not have lingering effects, allowing you to drive yourself home after your appointment.

Your Nitrous Oxide Experience:

During your dental appointment, our experienced team will carefully monitor your comfort levels and adjust the nitrous oxide concentration to ensure you feel relaxed and at ease.

You’ll be able to communicate with our team throughout the procedure, and many patients find that time seems to pass quickly while under the effects of the gas.

Is Nitrous Oxide Gas Right for You?

Nitrous oxide gas is an excellent option for patients of all ages who seek a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. If you’ve been avoiding dental treatment due to anxiety or fear, nitrous oxide gas can provide the relaxation you need to receive the care you deserve.

INTRAVENOUS (IV/Twilight) Sedation

Understanding IV Sedation

IV sedation involves the administration of sedative medications through a small needle placed in your vein, usually in your arm or hand. This induces a state of deep relaxation, making you feel at ease and less aware of the dental procedures being performed. Despite being in a relaxed state, you remain conscious and able to respond to any instructions from the dental team.

The Benefits of IV Sedation:

Profound Relaxation:

IV sedation provides a heightened level of relaxation, effectively minimising anxiety and discomfort associated with dental treatments.

Time Efficiency:

Complex procedures that might otherwise require multiple appointments can often be completed in a single session under IV sedation.

Pain and Sensitivity Reduction:

The sedative effects help diminish pain perception and sensitivity, enhancing your overall comfort during the procedure.

Amnesia Effect:

Many patients experience partial or complete memory loss of the dental treatment, which can be reassuring for those who find dental procedures distressing.

Your IV Sedation Experience:

We work closely with the team at Dental Sedation Victoria to provide gentle and safe twilight sedation in house. Before your appointment, their extremely experienced team will review your medical history and explain the entire IV sedation process, ensuring that you are fully informed and comfortable.

During the procedure, you will be kept comfortable and warm with a large blanket, and your vital signs will be continuously monitored to ensure your safety and well-being. You will remain in our care until we are certain you are ready for discharge, where you will need to be accompanied home.

Is IV Sedation Right for You?

IV sedation is an excellent option for patients generally 12-70 years of age, who experience dental anxiety, have a low pain threshold, require complex procedures, or simply want to make their dental experience more relaxing. If you’ve been delaying necessary dental work due to apprehension, IV sedation can provide the solution you’ve been seeking.

FAQs for sleep dentistry

Who is a good candidate for sleep dentistry?
  • Patients who are nervous or anxious about going through dental procedures or visiting the dentist (dental anxiety)
  • Patients with oversensitive gag reflexes
  • Patients who fear needles
  • Those whose teeth are extremely sensitive
  • People who feel claustrophobic in the dental chair
  • Patients who are less sensitive to local anaesthesia
  • Patients who have trouble controlling their movements
  • Children who are frightened of the dentist or unable to cooperate can be safely treated with nitrous gas
What dental treatment can I have done under sedation?
Almost every dental procedure can be made more comfortable with sedation dentistry. It can be used for both minor and major dental procedures, like tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removal, dental implants, and root canals.
Does my insurance cover sleep dentistry?
Most private health insurance plans cover anaesthetic costs for medically necessary procedures. Please contact your healthfund for specific details regarding your cover, alternatively we are happy to run a healthfund quote for you.