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Anaesthetic Options

At Harbourside Oral and Facial Surgical Centre we can provide the following types of anaesthesia for your comfort during your surgical procedure.

  • Local Anaesthesia (Freezing)
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)
  • Intravenous Sedation
  • General Anaesthesia

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive formal anaesthesia training with the Department of Anaesthesia in the hospital during their residency and are fully qualified to provide both local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation. For surgeries where general anaesthesia is indicated, we work in conjunction with a medical anaesthesiologist. Our team of anesthesiologists are fellowship trained medical anesthesiologists who also work at our local hospitals. Patients who are having procedures in the office will be given a local anaesthetic to “numb” the surgical site. For those individuals who wish to be unaware of the surgical procedure then IV sedation or general anaesthesia is also available. If you choose to have sedation or general anaesthetic, local freezing will also be given once you are asleep.

During your consultation, Dr. Sowden will discuss your individual procedure, your medical history and your level of anxiety. He can recommend which type of anaesthesia would be suitable, however, the choice of anaesthesia is always a personal decision. At the time of your consultation we will also discuss with you the preparation required prior to your surgery.

If you have chosen to have your procedure under IV sedation or general anaesthetic you must ensure that you have nothing to eat or drink (including water) for a minimum of 8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. If you take medications in the morning you should take these with a small sip of water (unless otherwise directed by Dr. Sowden). Loose, warm, comfortable clothing should be worn. You will also need to ensure that you have an adult escort to come to the appointment with you and to drive you home after your surgery. Note that you are NOT permitted to operate a vehicle, machinery or heavy equipment for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Prior to commencement of the procedure we will discuss the post operative instructions specific to your case with yourself and your driver. A prescription for required post operative medications will also be provided and discussed at this time.

Having a procedure performed at Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre is no different than in a hospital setting. The equipment in our surgical suites and recovery room are the same as what you would find in a hospital. Prior to the start of your surgery, an assistant will attach several non-invasive devices to you including a blood pressure cuff, EKG (electrocardiogram) and a pulse oximeter (measures the amount of oxygen in your blood). These remain applied throughout your surgery to allow for constant and safe monitoring.

At Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre our goal is to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress free as possible while maintaining the highest levels of safety.