What is an NHSF ?

  • An NHSF or Non Hospital Surgical Facility is the name given to a surgical facility that can perform all levels of anesthesia (including general anesthesia) and surgical procedures that do not require an overnight stay. An NHSF Facility must meet the requirements for outpatient surgery, infection control and anesthesia mandated by the College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Alberta Dental Association & College.

What is the difference between a dental surgeon and an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

  • All dentists that graduate from dental school are dental surgeons – DDS stands for “Doctor of Dental Surgery”.  Following dental school, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons  (“Oral Surgeons”) go on to train at a hospital based surgery program for an additional 4 – 7 years. They specialize in reconstruction surgery of the head and neck, harvest of tissue from all parts of the body and take additional training in anesthesia.
  • Oral Surgeons work closely with your referring dentist and physician to provide bone grafting for dental implants, management of  head and neck infections / pathology and perform jaw surgery to assist orthodontists in correcting malocclusion cases.

What is General Anesthesia?

Who is administering anesthesia to my child?

  • Dr. Higashi is trained in all aspects of anesthesia and can administer all levels of sedation as set out in the Provincial Guidelines. For general anesthesia cases, Dr. Higashi works with medical anesthesiologists who can focus their attention on the patient while he performs the patient’s surgery. Registered Nurses are always present at all phases of the anesthesia process.

Do all Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have Hospital admitting privileges?

  •  Not all Oral Surgeons in the city have hospital privileges. Dr. Higashi  does have full hospital privileges and is one of eleven surgeons that comprise the service of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery in Calgary. These surgeons belong to the Department of Surgery and have admitting, consulting and operating privileges in all five of the Calgary region hospitals. Hospital privileges enable Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons to  manage complex surgical and medical cases that require admission to the hospital.  Although rare, if necessary, any outpatient surgical complications can be transferred to the hospital under Dr. Higashi’s direct care. Hospital privileges allow Dr. Higashi to participate and teach in the residency training program at the Foothills Hospital and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery group works together to cover each others patients 24/7, 365 days a year.

Does AHS Cover any of my treatment?

  • Some procedures such as treatment for cancer, severe infections, head and neck trauma, syndromes  and pathology may be eligible for Alberta Health Service coverage. Pre-treatment consultation fees may not be covered.

Why is there a separate consultation  appointment and fee?

  •  A consultation allows the patient to review treatment options and to discuss the risks and benefits of each of their choices prior to proceeding with surgery. Recovery times , insurance coverage, fees and all questions can all be explained to the patient’s satisfaction.

Is parking free at your office ?

  • Yes, parking is free at the Northland Professional Centre !!

Why Morphine and Not Codeine for my child?

  • Please see this article for information on why morphine is suggested for children instead of codeine.