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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. They complete at least four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program with training in general surgery, In-patient medicine, anesthesia as well as other specialties. During this time, OMS residents serve on the medical anesthesiology service, where they evaluate patients for anesthesia, deliver the anesthetic and monitor post-anesthetic patients.

Extensive Training and Experience

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 surgeon 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.

Our surgeons and staff undertake continued training and education to stay on the forefront of advances in anesthesiology.  Our facility and staff are inspected by the Indiana Association of OMS on a regular basis.

Your anesthetic care will be specifically administered for your health status and the procedure you are about to undergo.

Please contact our office and talk to one of our surgeons directly if you have any concerns regarding the anesthetic method that will be utilized.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can benefit from anesthesia?

What are my eating/drinking restrictions with anesthesia?

How is the anesthesia monitored?

Patients with special needs.

Will I know what's going on?

What types of anesthesia are there?


What you should know about anesthesia for oral surgery

Who can benefit from anesthesia?

Nearly half of the people with dental insurance still avoid dental care because of their fears ad anxiety.  Modern safe anesthesia techniques allow the fearful patient to have dental procedures without the anxiety associated with dentistry.

A word on fasting before surgery -- Eating/drinking restrictions with anesthesia

It is a well-established practice to ask patients scheduled for any type of surgery utilizing General Anesthesia to fast for a minimum of 6 hours prior to surgery. This is done for the patients safety. Consumption of even small amounts of solids or liquids causes the stomach to secrete digestive acids and enzymes.

These substances are extremely harmful to the tissues of the lungs. During General Anesthesia the normal reflexes that prevent you from inhaling liquids are subdued. Therefore, any sort of regurgitation of the stomach contents could lead to life threatening complications. We ask that you follow the instructions carefully for your safety and to avoid cancelation of your procedure.

  • It is important that you do not eat or drink anything, including water for 6 hours before your surgery.  Food in the stomach can result in serious complications. We ask that you follow the instructions carefully for your safety and to avoid cancelation of your procedure.
  • Please do not chew gum or use breath mints prior to your procedure.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • If you are taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical conditions, please discuss them with your surgeon prior to surgery.  You may have your medication with few sips of water only up to 2 hours prior to surgical appointment time.
  • For women, if you are or think you may be pregnant, please notify your surgeon.
  • Please call our office if you develop a cold, fever, sore throat, respiratory infection, stomach or bowel upset or other illness prior to surgery.
  • Please remove any nail polish.  Do not use hair spray or body lotion. Do not apply makeup, especially mascara or lipstick.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes. Contact lenses and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.  Body piercing at the face, mouth, head, or neck must be removed.
  • Please leave all your valuables such as jewelry, watches, Cell phones, etc. at home or with your driver.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.

Special Needs

For physically and mentally challenged patients and individuals emotionally uncomfortable in the traditional office setting, anesthesia service can provide a way to accomplish oral surgery as a pleasant experience.

Will I know what is going on?

The patient may sometimes have a vague awareness that the dental treatment is being performed, but due to the medications, no fear or anxiety is present.  Memory and recollection of the procedure is usually absent.

How is the anesthesia monitored?

Patients are monitored using the most moder equipment, the same found in hospital operating rooms.  All aspects of vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2 breathing monitoring, and temperature are continuously monitored.  Emergency rugs and medical equipment are immediately available if they should become necessary.  Each anesthesia or sedation is tailored to your specific needs, always keeping your safety in mind. 

Types of anesthesia available

Almost all oral surgery can be perfomed painlessly with local anesthesia only.  For those who find the prolonged numb sensation uncomfortable, a different anesthetic can be used which will wear off more quickly.

Edison Lakes Oral Surgery provides several options for sedation and anesthesia.  Your doctor will discuss which of the following is best for you: 
Local Anesthesia - consisting of injections (shots) in the mouth to numb or anesthetize the area where treatment is to be rendered.
Local Anesthesia + Nitrous Oxide "Laughing Gas" - a combination that decreases apprehension and reduces pain. 

Following Your Surgery

  • Do not drive, sign important papers, or make critical decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not operate machinery, power tools, or appliances for 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
  • Your surgeon will give you post-operative instructions regarding your diet, activity restrictions, and medication. If you have any difficulties or concerns, please call your surgeon.

If, after your procedure, you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at: 574-272-8823