Anesthesia Services Information

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

Anesthesiologists and Anesthetists do not office or operative suite: perform surgical procedures. We are MDs (physicians) with at least four years of post-graduate specialty medical training and advanced practice nurses with Master’s Degrees and above (CRNAs). We do not perform surgical procedures while simultaneously providing anesthesia services and care to our patients/

As a patient receiving an anesthetic; is that a level of care and service one should consider when having your procedure at an oral surgeon’s office or operative suite?

Oral surgeons have had training in anesthesia during their graduate medical training but not to the degree where they are professionals practicing medicine in the discipline of anesthesiology. Their training does not include providing a comprehensive general anesthetic at the same time they supposed to be focused on your oral surgery needs. Their education and training were rotations and experience in assisting with anesthesiologists in anesthesia and providing both professional services at the same time on the same patient.

Questions to consider when receiving your anesthetic care at an oral surgeon’s office, dentist’s office, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s office or operative suite:

  1. Is the facility accredited and licensed to provide the services offered?
  2. What type of anesthesia will I be receiving? 77% of all oral surgery cases are done under deep sedation.
  3. Who will be providing this anesthetic and monitoring my care while I am having this procedure?
  4. Does the facility have all the appropriate safeguards necessary to provide this level of care and service?; especially equipment with end tidal CO2 monitoring and emergency airway equipment.
  5. Is the staff trained and licensed as well as functioning within the scope of their training and practice?
  6. Each state has different rules regarding deep sedation and general anesthesia permitting.  Please CLICK HERE for State Regulations.