The Less You Worry, the Easier it Will Be.
An upcoming visit to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is anxiety producing. The good news is that whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office with little or no discomfort for the patient. Knowing this should start to reduce your level of anxiety.

Extensive Training and Experience?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are extensively trained to safely and effectively administer anesthesia in an office setting. They have received training in anesthesia and pain control which is unique from any other specialty in the medical or dental fields. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have an excellent office anesthesia record and can provide a cost-effective service to their patients. The efficacy of intravenous (IV) anesthesia techniques has been proven in nationwide studies conducted in recent years have demonstrated that these techniques are safe when used by oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have completed an accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program with formal training in anesthesiology. As a result of this extensive training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well-prepared to identify, diagnose and assess the source of pain and anxiety within the scope of their discipline, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. Further, 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 Ease?
The best way to reduce anxiety is to make certain you know what to expect during and after surgery. As with most anxiety-producing situations, the more you know, the less you have to be anxious about. Prior to surgery, Dr Peet will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you’re likely to feel during and after the operation. This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have about any facet of the operation. During surgery, one or more of the following may be used to control your pain and anxiety: Local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. The choice is yours to make. Dr. Peet uses the anesthesia monitors that are the state of the art and are found in operating rooms which use intravenous anesthesia. He is also a general anesthesia examiner of oral and maxillofacial surgeons for the Washington Dental Board.