Anesthesia

Every patient who undergoes anesthesia is unique in terms of possible underlying medical conditions, their age, physical conditions, and other characteristics; therefore, it is imperative that you provide a complete and accurate health history prior to your surgical appointment.

Whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgery in the office with little or no discomfort for the patient.

What Special Anesthesia Training Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Have?

As the surgical specialists of the dental profession, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration allowing them to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia.

OMS’s complete at least four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program following dental school. The OMS trains alongside medical residents in anesthesia, general surgery, 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 and monitoring the patient under anesthesia, and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.

As a result of this extensive training, OMS’s are well-prepared to identify, diagnose, and alleviate the source of pain and anxiety within the scope of their discipline, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation, and general anesthesia. Further, they are experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

The Best Way to Reduce Anxiety

The very best way to reduce a patient’s anxiety is to make certain they know what to expect during and after surgery. Prior to your surgery, Dr. McDonald will review with you the type of anesthetic recommended for your surgery, as well as the way you’re likely to feel during and after the operation. The following types of anesthesia will be discussed to control your pain and anxiety:

  • Local Anesthesia
  • Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen
  • Intravenous Sedation
  • General Anesthesia

Patients often describe their feelings during surgery as comfortable and surprisingly pleasant. After surgery, you may be prescribed medication to help keep you as comfortable as possible.