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Lakewood Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgery, Inc.
Oral & Facial Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine
David H. Kim, M.D., D.D.S. and Jee H. Ha, D.D.S.
Call: (562) 421-9369

Anesthesia

The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. As the surgical specialists, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following school, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons complete at least four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program alongside medical residents in general surgery, anesthesia and other specialties. During this time, OMS residents must complete a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service, during which they become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.

The administration of anesthesia in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office has an enviable safety record. Insurance statistics* indicate the frequency of office-related mortality and morbidity is one (1) incident in 705,000 anesthetics administered over a 16- year period.

The best way to reduce anxiety is to make certain you know what to expect during and after surgery. As with most anxiety-producing situations, the more you know, the less you have to be anxious about. Prior to surgery, your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you're likely to feel during and after the operation.This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have about any facet of the operation.

During surgery, one or more of the following may be used to control your pain and anxiety: local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Commonly, patients describe their feelings during surgery as comfortable and surprisingly pleasant.

After surgery, you may be prescribed a medication to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.

 

*OMS National Insurance Company, RRG, Rosemont, Illinois, 2004 Closed Claims Data