Why choose an Oral Surgeon?
Most people do not consider the fact that they may very well deal with an oral surgeon at some point in their lives. This is because many of us still need to get out wisdom teeth pulled at some point, which is most often done by an oral surgeon. Oral surgery is any surgery that is done to attend to disease or defects in the neck, jaws, face, head, and oral cavity. Oral surgeons can also perform surgery on the skull. Oral surgeons are specialized surgeons that work in these regions.
Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon has graduated from an accredited dental school and is licensed in the state in which he/she practices. In addition, this individual has completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program approved by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Training and Residency
During his/her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon received graduate training in other disciplines such as general surgery, plastic surgery, medicine, anesthesia and pathology. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained to treat patients in the hospital, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and in private offices.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. During their hospital-based surgical residency program, oral and maxillofacial surgeons must complete a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service, during which they become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients. As a result of this extensive training, the administration of anesthesia in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office has an enviable safety record.