Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association who are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in anesthesiology, internal medicine and general surgery. In addition, they may spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throate), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. This training focuses almost completely on the bone, skin and muscle of the face, mouth and jaw. Oral and facial surgeons have knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons and their staff maintain a "Culture of Safety" in their practices to ensure patients have a safe, comfortable and successful experience.
General anesthesia, deep sedation, and conscious sedation is administered safely and predictably to patients of all ages when provided by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and their trained team, in both institutional and office settings.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are rigorously trained to administer and monitor anesthesia during their minimum four-year hospital-based residency. As residents, they serve rotation on the medical anesthesia service alongside anesthesia residents. Their training is enhanced with ambulatory anesthesia training throughout their entire OMS residency training program. This in-depth training includes evaluation of patients for anesthesia, anesthesia techniques, moitoring the post-anesthetic patient, risk assessment and diagnosing and managing complications; general anesthesia, deep sedation, conscious sedation and local anesthetic techniques; appropriate patient monitoring modalities, including management of complications and emergencies; and certification in Advanced Cardiace Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Once in practice, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are required as a condition of membership in their state OMS society, to undergo every five years the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacaial Surgeons's Office Anesthesia Evaluation that reviews their office anesthesia equipment and procedures, as well as their emergency perparedness. When it comes to the administration and monitoring of anesthesia, the members of the AAOMS oral and maxillofacial surgery anesthesia team has an enviable safety record that compares favorably to the data compiled by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for hostpialized patients undergoing anesthesia.