The next time that you book an appointment with your oral surgeon for any procedure that requires anesthesia for tooth extraction, take a moment to ask about clinical qualifications and certifications. Your questions won’t be viewed as suspicious or untrusting. In fact, you’ll be opening the door to learning all about the wealth of knowledge, experience, and training that make your oral surgeon such a unique and well-rounded dental surgical expert.
You require anesthesia in order to have your wisdom teeth removed, and you should know that an oral maxillofacial surgeon can do more than simply numb the teeth and gums. A surgeon that specializes in mouth, jaw, and facial surgery has been well-trained in every aspect of the administration of anesthesia. This not only includes dispensing controlled doses of medications, but also the management of any medical emergencies that may occur while you are being treated.
Though its best if the need never arises, you should feel relieved in knowing that your oral surgeon is prepared to manage intravenous lines, endotracheal intubation, and airway maintenance during your procedure. To safeguard your health, ask about additional certifications such as basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support, and pediatric life support. Sedation and anesthesia are always safely administered, which greatly reduces the need for emergency services in the first place.
This preparation and knowledge are based upon a complete dental degree, along with a minimum of four years of on-site training in a residency program for surgeons in a hospital-based setting. During the hospital residency, surgeons will actively participate in all facets of anesthesia administration as an anesthesia resident.
A look at your oral surgeon’s professional affiliations will provide you with additional insight regarding credentials and experience in anesthesia for tooth extraction. Active participation with organizations such as the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology (ASDA) and certification by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) are clues that your surgeon and the staff are up to date and proficient in the highest standards of care.
Contact the office of Steven Koos DDS, MD for an appointment today to learn more about the safety of anesthesia for your wisdom teeth extraction.