Anesthesia Services Information

Patients who receive anesthesia services for their oral surgery or dental procedure should ensure that the provision of their anesthetic care is meeting or exceeding the standards of care both locally and nationally.

Anesthesiologists are MDs ( Physicians)  are not the doctors who perform the surgical procedures.  We have graduated from Medical School and have at least 4 years of graduate specialty medical training after medical school specific to anesthesia. Many of us have done additional specialty fellowships in areas like pediatrics, ambulatory anesthesia as well OB or cardiac anesthesia. CRNAs ( Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) are advanced practice nurses with typically a Masters degree and above.  Please note we focus solely upon the anesthetic delivered to our patients at the time of your procedure/surgery.

As a patient receiving an anesthetic; this should be the level of care and service one should consider when having your surgical procedure at your oral surgeon’s/ dentist’s office or surgical suite.

Oral surgeons have had postgraduate medical training in anesthesia during their OMS training but not to the degree where they are dual boarded professionals practicing medicine in the discipline of anesthesiology. Dentists do not typically receive any specific anesthesia training in their dental programs other than some exposure to the medications and limited sedation training which is acquired post graduation from dental school.

This information is meant to provide some additional points of reference when evaluating the role anesthesiologists can provide as part of your patient care experience. 

Please fee free to look at the many resources we have available on our website or contact us directly through our patient information portal.

Kindest regards,

Oral Surgery Anesthesia Associates