Multiple anesthesia methods are available to help ensure a safe and comfortable experience throughout a wide range of surgical treatments. These include general anesthesia, IV sedation (deep and moderate), nitrous oxide and local anesthesia as well as other options to help reduce nervousness and anxiety.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons receive dedicated hospital anesthesia experience as a routine part of their training. This provides foundational knowledge throughout a wide array of patients and case complexity ranging from major surgeries to ambulatory and outpatient surgeries and procedures.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons obtain and maintain their anesthesia credentials by undergoing routine in-office evaluation, which is managed by the state board. An examiner observes an actual surgical procedure during which general anesthesia is administered to the patient. The examiner also inspects all monitoring devices and emergency equipment and tests the doctor and the surgical staff on anesthesia related emergencies. Maintenance of adequate continuing education (CE) credits is also required. Requirements of board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeons through the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS) and the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) add additional layers of ongoing maintenance education and training to help ensure the very best in knowledge, skills and proficiency.
When it comes to anesthesia, our top priorities are patient safety and comfort. If you have any concerns regarding anesthesia options, please do not hesitate to discuss your them with your doctor at the time of your consultation.