Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) 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 evaluate patients for anesthesia, deliver the anesthetic and monitor post-anesthetic patients during the medical anesthesiology service.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are extensively trained to administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia in a safe and cost-effective manner in the office setting. They are required to obtain continuing education in anesthesia and to regularly undergo a rigorous office anesthesia evaluation and certification.
EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Office-based anesthesia has been part of the training, practice, and history of oral and maxillofacial surgery for over 90 years. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) are trained extensively in outpatient anesthetic techniques. Available evidence suggest that the use of sedative anesthetic drugs in the dental office by appropriately trained professionals has a remarkable record of safety. The oral and maxillofacial anesthesia team model is not only safe, but also offers significant cost savings compared to other forms of out-patient anesthesia. Office-based anesthesia services eliminate out-patient facility fees and fees generated by other medical professionals such as anesthesiologist or CRNAs. The anesthesia model used by oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide safe and cost-effective treatment that allows access to care for fearful patients and permits trained professionals to deliver surgical services that require deeper levels of anesthesia in the office.