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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following dental school, they complete a minimum of four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program alongside medical residents in general surgery, anesthesia and other medical specialties. During this time, OMS residents evaluate patients for anesthesia, deliver the anesthetic and monitor post-anesthetic patients during their medical anesthesiology rotation. In addition, OMS residents evaluate their own patients and perform procedures along with administering the anesthesia.

Your OMS
trained alongside medical anesthesia residents.

Extensive Training and Experience

As a result of extensive training, every oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well-prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, and all forms of sedation including general anesthesia. Your OMS is experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines as well as 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 medication to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home. It is vitally important you share with your OMS your medical and anesthesia history as well as any known family issues with anesthesia.

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Last updated May 2021

The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical or dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is provided to help you communicate effectively when you seek the advice of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Photos and videos are for illustration purposes only and are not indicative to what a patient may experience.