Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
are unique in that, in addition to their surgical training, formal training
is undertaken in the administration of general anesthesia. This training
takes the form of rotation with anesthesiologists in a hospital setting
for an extended period of time during postgraduate residency. As a result,
oral and maxillofacial surgeons are both qualified and comfortable administering
IV out-patient anesthesia when indicated for office procedures. All patients
who receive IV medications are fully monitored until discharge. Adults,
adolescents and children who are in good health are candidates for in-office
anesthesia. Patients who are medically compromised may not be candidates
for this type of anesthesia.
If you are planning office anesthesia
as an adjunct to your surgical procedure, you must abstain from food or
water 8 hours prior to your treatment, wear comfortable, short sleeve clothing
and bring a driver with you who will be responsible for getting you safely
home after your treatment.