Sedation in Ottawa, ON

Some patients avoid going to the dentist because they have fear or anxiety associated with painful treatments. Fortunately, at Dow’s Lake Dental, we offer sedation to keep you relaxed throughout your procedure. Minimal sedation is generally safe and very effective on children and used commonly with even young children for their dental treatments.

You can have peace of mind knowing that you’re improving your oral health without enduring discomfort. Most patients report feeling calm throughout their treatment.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is a type of anesthesia that’s used to have a relaxing and drowsy effect. Once absorbed into the body, the anesthetic will cause patients to feel calm and possibly be drowsy or euphoric, but will still allow them to remain conscious throughout the procedure, depending on the dosage. 

Sedation is commonly used in a variety of different dental procedures, from cleanings to wisdom tooth extractions and root canal therapy to help you relax. Depending on your level of anxiety and the type of procedure you’re having, your dentist can easily customize the dose to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment.

Benefits of Sedation

Upon being administered, patients will enter a relaxed state. Once the procedure is finished, the drowsy and groggy effects will gradually wear off over the course of a few minutes or hours. Patients receiving minimal sedation via nitrous oxide gas can even drive home on their own. 

Sedation is appropriate for patients who:

  1. Are fearful of visiting the dentist and may neglect the proper oral care they need
  2. Have relatively sensitive teeth
  3. Have a sensitive gag reflex
  4. Are undergoing a complicated or lengthy procedure

Contact Us for Comfortable Procedures

Come see us at Dow’s Lake Dental and let us show you how sedation can help relieve your dental fears and apprehensions. Schedule a consultation with Dr. El-Hawary by calling (613) 406-6464 or simply fill out the contact form. With sedation, you can improve your oral health, in a comfortable manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sedation the same as general anesthesia?


No. General anesthesia is typically used for patients undergoing surgery. Patients are given a combination of sedatives intravenously and gases that are inhaled through a mask. The medications are administered by an anesthesiologist and the patient is unconscious throughout the procedure. Therefore, the procedure is typically riskier than regular sedation.

With sedation, you can respond to verbal stimuli and physical touch. Patients are given sedative gas that’s inhaled through a mask, or occasionally with an oral pill. The medications are administered by a dentist and the patient is conscious throughout the procedure. The recovery time is faster as well – making it a safer option than general anesthesia.

How is sedation administered?


Minimal sedation can be achieved with gas–nitrous oxide, or with a pill. You’ll feel drowsy but still be able to talk. 

Nitrous oxide is the only type of sedation where you may be able to drive home following the procedure.

It is mandatory to fast (no food or drink) for 2 hours prior to receiving sedation.


How long do the effects of sedation last after the procedure?


The recovery time depends on the type of sedation that’s administered. If you receive nitrous oxide, the effects will wear off shortly after the procedure. If the sedation is administered with an oral pill, it may take eighteen hours to fully metabolize the medication and you’ll be instructed not to drive during that time period. 

If you receive sedation, we recommend that you avoid any activities that could put you or others in harm’s way until the effects wear off. Be sure to follow any guidelines recommended by Dr. El-Hawary following your procedure.

Is sedation safe for pediatric dentistry?


Yes! Under the supervision of an experienced dentist, such as Dr. El-Hawary, sedation is safe for children. Typically, children will only be given mild forms of sedation such as nitrous oxide. 

For more information about sedation, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (613) 406-6464 or fill out the contact form and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.