Anesthesia

Our board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are unique in the health professional field, in that they are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration.  Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons train with anesthesiologists during their residency. This intensive training and experience gives the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon the ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia that has distinguished the specialty of oral surgery. Their expertise makes it possible to provide safe and comfortable sedation and anesthesia for the complex surgery to be performed in an outpatient non-hospital surgical setting with little-to-no discomfort. During the 4 to 6-year residency, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are involved in administering local, intravenous (IV) sedation, general anesthesia, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide delivery. In order to deliver this safely, they are experts in emergency airway management, intubation techniques, starting IVs, and monitoring the patients during sedation or anesthesia. Our priority is the safety and comfort of our patients.

 Our fellowship certified medical anesthesiologist’s are a vital part of our surgical team. Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who specializes in anesthesia, pain management, and critical care medicine. The anesthesiologist is responsible for keeping you safe and comfortable during and after your surgical procedure. Our fellowship certified medical anesthesiologists provide the following types of anesthesia:

Local Anesthesia

Administration of local anesthesia by injection numbs the surgical site and the adjacent area. You will be fully aware of the procedure, including the vibrations, sounds, and pressure sensations associated with the surgery but you will not feel pain.

 Intravenous sedation

Medications are administered intravenously to sedate you to the point that you are in a relaxed “semi-awake” state and able to respond to verbal instructions if required. You need no medical assistance to maintain adequate breathing and heart function and you will most likely have no memory of your surgery because of the amnesic effect of the medications used to provide the sedation.

For intravenous sedation, you must come in on a completely empty stomach, someone must drive you to and from your appointment and remain with you all day following your surgery.

 General Anesthesia

General anesthesia affects the entire body and makes the person unconscious. The unconscious person is completely unaware of what is going on and does not feel pain from the surgery or procedure. General anesthesia medications can be injected into an IV or inhaled.

Once you are asleep, the anesthetist will insert a breathing tube through your nose and into your windpipe. This protects the airway and allows the surgeon unrestricted access to the mouth. This tube will be gone by the time you wake up in the recovery room.

 For general anesthesia, you must come in on a completely empty stomach and someone must drive you to and from your appointment and remain with you all day following your surgery.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus. The patient remains conscious in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide has a sedative and analgesic (pain-controlling) effect and is a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication. Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.