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The less You Worry, the Easier it Will Be

An upcoming visit to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can be an anxiety producer. In this case, the patient is typically most concerned about possible pain — whether the procedure is going to hurt.

The good news is that whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office with little or no discomfort for the patient. Knowing this should start to reduce your level of anxiety.

Extensive Training and Experience in the Control of Pain and Anxiety

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 of the dental profession, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following dental 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.

As a result of this extensive training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well-prepared to identify, diagnose and assess 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 different types of Anesthesia options are:

Local Anesthsia:  With local anesthesia you will remain conscious throughout the procedure, however the area of surgery will be numb.

Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen: With the nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, you will remain conscious throughout the procedure, and the N2O will help to keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable.  You may feel fuzzy for a short time right after the procedure, however, it will help to make your overall experience a positive one.

Intravenous Sedation:  Intravenous sedation will put you in a safe, relaxed and comfortable state for your surgery.  You will be in a controlled state of unconsciousness, so it will reduce your fear and anxiety tremendously.