Procedures
Anesthesia

 

Types of Anaesthesia and Anesthesia Providers:

 

All forms of IV sedation and General anaesthesia are administered by fellowship-trained medical anaesthesiologist and/or an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon.

 

Medical Anesthesiologists: Our medical anesthesiologists are highly experienced and are fellows of the Royal College of Physicians. These are the medical specialists who typically administer the anesthesia when you have an operation at the hospital. The designation “FRCP” means that the physician is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and has demonstrated the competencies necessary to deliver safe, quality specialty care to Canadians.

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Every Oral and maxillofacial surgeon during their residency receives formal anaesthesia training with the department of anaesthesia at their hospital. This is followed by several years of administering anesthesia in the outpatient setting. They are taught to be proficient in I.V. sedation, general anaesthesia and airway management including advanced airway techniques such as intubation.

 

All physicians and Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons in our office adhere to the guidelines and protocols set forth by their respective provincial Medical (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta) and Dental (Alberta Dental Association & College) regulatory bodies.  We maintain a rigorous "Non-Hospital Surgical Facility" certification (NHSF) with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and have much of the same emergency equipment, support staff and protocols as an inpatient hospital operating room.

 

In our office anaesthesia is classified as "local anesthesia," intravenous sedation," and "general anesthesia.

 

  • Local anaesthesia ("freezing"). Many patients can have their procedures completed using a local anesthetic to "freeze" the area.  This is similar to the freezing you get at the dentists' office.

 

  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation. After freezing the most common modality of anesthsia that we use is an "intravenous sedation." This is a safe and pleasant way to have your surgical procedures done. You are breathing on your own, there is no "breathing tube" (endotracheal tube) placed, no muscle paralysis is used but you are definitely "asleep." Most patients awake feeling very well and often don't realize the procedure has even begun.

 

  • General anaesthesia. For our longer or more difficult cases you may have a true general anesthesia. This allows us to completely eliminate an individual's awareness of the procedure. General anesthesia also reduces the risk of any involuntary movement by the individual during surgery. The recovery time is typically the same as an intravenous sedation.


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