What to expect on the day of your procedure

You will receive instructions from your dentist's office.

These will include:

 • Instructions to follow prior to surgery
 • Date and time to arrive at the Surgical Centre
 • Instructions and forms concerning an appointment with your family doctor for a pre-operative check up.

It is important to follow the instructions and procedures carefully. They are designed to help ensure that your child's anesthetic and surgery are performed are performed as efficiently and safely as possible.

Your arrival time at the Delbrook Surgical Centre will be about 45 minutes prior to the start of the procedure. This gives us enough time for the nurse to review the paperwork, check your child's vital signs and apply anesthetic cream to the back of their hand to help make the IV insertion more comfortable. This cream needs at least 30 minutes to work.

Your child will be seen by your dentist and Dr. Maryniak prior to going into the Operating Room (OR), and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions at that time.


One parent may accompany the child into the OR and be with them until they go to sleep, at which point one of the nurses will escort you back to the waiting area. The procedure will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

As soon as your child is waking up in the recovery room, usually 10 to 15 minutes after the end of the procedure, we will bring you in to be with them as they recover from the anesthetic. The recovery room nurse will go through your post operative instructions, and explain what to expect for the rest of the day. If there are any areas in your child's mouth that might be uncomfortable afterwards, (for example, dental extractions) they will have freezing put in during the procedure. If your child has never had dental freezing before, the numb sensation may upset them after they wake up.

Most patients are ready to go home about 30 to 45 minutes after the end of the procedure.