No matter what type of oral and maxillofacial surgery you are having, you can be comfortable and relaxed at Argyle Associates.
What are my anaesthesia options?
During your initial consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your anaesthesia options. Considerations will include the type of procedure, your medical history, and your level of anxiety. Together, you will decide on the best anaesthesia for you. Your anesthesia options include local freezing, oral sedation, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV conscious and deep sedation, and general anesthesia. We can provide this care in our offices, Surgicentres, or in the hospital.
We are experienced and certified in administering anaesthesia to children. We also offer general anesthesia in our Surgicentre West, with an anesthetist from CHEO.
We will give you instructions to prepare for surgery. Some of the guidelines will include:
- Wear loose, warm and comfortable clothing
- Do not eat or drink, including water, for 8 hours prior to surgery
- Take all of your regular medications the day of surgery, unless instructed differently by your doctor
- Bring someone who can wait in our office for the duration of your procedure, drive you home, and stay with you for the day. If you booked in our Surgicentre, an escort needs to stay with you overnight as well.
When you arrive, a nurse will connect you to monitors. These devices allow us to monitor your health and safety during anaesthesia. The monitors typically include:
- A blood pressure cuff
- An EKG (electrocardiogram)
- A pulse oximeter – to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood
Loose clothing will make it easier to connect you to these important monitors.
The anaesthesia drugs will be delivered through an intravenous needle. If you have a fear of needles, we can use “laughing gas” and topical freezing prior to inserting the intravenous.
Once your procedure is complete, you will wake up in the recovery room. A nurse will review your post-operative instructions with you and your escort. The nurse will also answer any questions you may have about post-operative care.
An Argyle Associates surgeon is always on-call and available to answer emergency questions.
Most modern anesthetic medications do not cause nausea, but we recommend that you have Gravol at home as a precaution. The medications used for sedation stay in your blood stream for up to 24 hours. Therefore, you must not operate a vehicle or machinery for 24 hours after sedation or general anaesthesia.
Each of our offices is accredited on an annual basis and is inspected by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons on a regular basis to ensure that the facility and surgeons remain in compliance with the College’s Standard of Practice for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice.