A safe and comprehensive anesthesia practice is the one of the primary focuses of our surgery practice. Anesthesia is a critical component of any modern surgical practice. While simple procedures can often be performed with local (numbing) anesthesia only, the frequently performed more complex procedures do require some level of anesthesia. This ranges from light sedation (slightly awake) to general anesthesia (asleep). Every individual patient has unique needs that determine what level of anesthesia is used for their specific procedure.
Our ability to perform all levels of sedation or general anesthesia (operating room level anesthesia) avoids the enormous expense and inconvenience of having the procedure in a hospital.
As a result of extensive training and experience, our surgeons are able to provide their pediatric and adult patients with several safe and comfortable anesthesia options during oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. Our practice’s safety protocols emulate those found in modern operating rooms. Over 1500 anesthesia cases are performed each year in our practice. Experience matters!
Many procedures are completed with the use of only local anesthetics (numbing medications). Nitrous oxide(laughing gas) can sometimes be used to supplement local anesthesia to provide increased comfort to those patients unable to tolerate local anesthesia alone. Many patients and/or procedures require that sedation or general anesthesia be administered.
Many types of surgery (e.g., pediatric, impacted wisdom teeth, trauma) demand a form of anesthesia such as sedation or general anesthesia. The ability to provide our patients with safe, effective outpatient, office-based anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery for decades. Our practice offers comprehensive and advanced choices for anesthesia in a comfortable, safe environment. Patient comfort and safety is our top priority.
Our providers perform approximately 1000 pediatric general anesthesia (age less than 13) cases each year. A specific pediatric anesthesia protocol is employed for our younger patients. For our pediatric and early adolescent patients (many with special needs) our surgeons provide a two doctor/provider team model for outpatient anesthesia. We often employ the use of a “Mask only” type of general anesthesia, avoiding the stress of a “needle”. This typically involves a sweet-smelling gas for the induction of general anesthesia. In most cases, parents are welcome to be present during the initial administration of the anesthetic. Please inform a staff member or doctor If there are financial difficulties preventing the care of you child.
The anesthesia options that meet your needs will be discussed in detail during the consultation. Please be sure to ask questions. A discussion regarding our anesthesia experience and services provides our patients comfort and confidence in choosing their best options for care. We are committed to your comfort and safety.
There is an extensive amount of helpful information at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website. Follow the AAOMS link https://myoms.org/procedures/anesthesia for an excellent review of anesthesia provided by our doctors.
BEFORE SEDATION OR GENERAL ANESTHESIA
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) after midnight.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home. For patients under the age of 18, this must be a parent or legal guardian present.
- The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia.
- Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow.
- Contact lenses and all jewelry must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, or stomach upset, please notify the office as soon as possible.
- If you take routine oral medications our surgeons will advise you at the time of consultation. For those patients taking aspirin, it is recommended that you continue this without interruption. If you have any questions prior to your surgery, please contact our office as soon as possible: Billerica Office Phone Number 978-667-8600.