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General Anesthesia

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are unique in that, in addition to their surgical training, formal training is undertaken in the administration of general anesthesia.  This training takes the form of rotation with anesthesiologists in a hospital setting for an extended period of time during postgraduate residency.

As a result, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are both qualified and comfortable administering IV out-patient anesthesia when indicated for office procedures.  All patients who receive IV medications are fully monitored until discharge.  Adults, adolescents and children who are in good health are candidates for in-office anesthesia.  Patients who are medically compromised may not be candidates for this type of anesthesia.  If you are planning office anesthesia as an adjunct to your surgical procedure, you must abstain from food or water 8 hours prior to your treatment, wear comfortable, short sleeve clothing and bring a driver with you who will be responsible for getting you safely home after your treatment.

Click on the following link for further information on anesthesia from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.