Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following dental school, they 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 serve on the medical anesthesiology service, where they evaluate patients for anesthesia, deliver the
As a result of their extensive training, every Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is well-prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. 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.
Before your surgery, your OMS will review 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. Usually, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat food prior to undergoing IV sedation?
In most cases, patients will not be allowed to eat or drink anything – including water – after midnight the night before the surgery. There are some slight exceptions for people who take regular medications, though even those will need to be taken with only a small sip of water as necessary.
Will I be able to drive myself home after being sedated?
No. We require that all patients undergoing IV sedation at our office arrive for their procedures with a responsible adult driver. It is not possible for you to safely drive after your procedure, nor should you drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after your procedure. It is normal to remain drowsy during this time as your body gradually eliminates the sedative agents used during the procedure.
What should I wear for IV sedation?
We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing when you arrive at our office. Contacts, dentures, and detachable bridgework must be removed prior to surgery. Please also avoid wearing makeup, fingernail polish and jewelry the day of the procedure.