An upcoming visit to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can potentially produce anxiety. Patients are usually most concerned with whether or not the procedure is going to hurt.
Fortunately, modern technology now makes it possible to perform surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial surgeon's office with little or no discomfort.
Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon not only is a specialist in dealing with problems of the mouth, teeth and jaws, but also is experienced in dealing with the control of pain and anxiety. 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.
Putting Your Mind at EaseOne of the things your oral and maxillofacial surgeon understands is that to help eliminate anxiety, it is important to inform our patients of what to expect during your surgery and after your surgery. That's why beforehand, your surgeon will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you're likely to feel during the procedure. We will also answer any questions you may have about any part of the procedure. During surgery, one or more of the following can be used in controlling pain and anxiety: local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
After surgery, patients often describe their feeling during surgery as surprisingly pleasant, pain free and without a care in the world. Your surgeon can prescribe a number of medications to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.
Our surgeons are concerned for your well-being before, during and after surgery and strive to make you as comfortable as possible throughout your visit with us. But, even beyond that, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon also has the training, the knowledge and the experience to make your visit as pleasant and comfortable as it can possibly be.
To learn more about anesthesia, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.