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
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
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