Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons receive extensive training during residency in all forms of anesthesia. Drs. Goth or Olsen will often work together with a medical anesthetist in order to maximize patient comfort and decrease surgery time. Patients who require sedation or general anesthesia can expect to be treated by this proven team approach. The anesthetists at Chinook Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are medical doctors who have completed all the training required for medical practice; and then have devoted several more years to specialized training in anesthesiology – including regional blocks, sedation and general anesthesia. All anesthetists that work at Chinook Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery also work at other local hospitals in Southern Alberta.
Most of the modern anesthetic medications are kind to the stomach and do not produce nausea; however, just the anxiety about having surgery can sometimes generate a queasy feeling in the stomach. A patient who becomes sick with a full stomach could present a potentially dangerous scenario of choking. Therefore, it is very important to follow all pre-operative instructions . Some medications used for sedation DO persist in the blood stream for up to 24 hours. Therefore it is expected that you WILL NOT operate a vehicle or machinery for 24 hours after sedation or general anesthesia.
Types of Anesthesia Available at Our Facility
- Local anesthesia (Freezing)
- Intravenous Sedation (Partially Conscious)
- General anesthesia (Fully Asleep)