Some situations tend to trigger anxiety and when there is any unknown factor involved, the anxiety factor increases. That’s how it is for a number of dental patients. They are a little anxious and worried about meeting a dentist and getting any treatment. But we believe that when you worry less, your anxiety levels also reduce.
The one thing that patients are worried about when they visit an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon is about the potential pain that could be associated with the procedure. The fact is that when some procedures are carried out, there may be a certain amount of discomfort involved.
The Anesthesia Factor
But dental technology has evolved in a big way and local/intravenous anesthesia can be used while performing any complex surgery in our office; this ensures the patient does not have to experience any discomfort or pain. This goes a long way in reducing the anxiety of the patient.
The OMS Specialty
Since its earliest days, the oral & maxillofacial surgery specialty has been distinguished by the ability to very effectively provide patients with effective & safe outpatient anesthesia. Since Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons function in a specialized field, they are trained in every aspect of anesthesia administration. After completing dental school, all Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons complete at a minimum of 4 years of training in any hospital-based surgical residency programs alongside the medical residents in general surgery and anesthesia as well as other specialties.
During this phase, OMS residents are also required to complete a rotation on medical anesthesiology services. During this time, they become highly-competent in evaluating various patients for anesthesia. They deliver the anesthetic & monitor post-anesthetic patients.
Since Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons undergo such extensive training, they have the ability to identify, diagnose & assess all the sources of anxiety & pain within their specialization field. They are also well-prepared to correctly administer local anesthesia, and all forms of sedation as well as general anesthesia.
In addition, they are experienced in endotracheal intubation, airway management and in establishing & maintaining intravenous lines, as well as managing complications & emergencies that could arise while anesthesia is being administered.
Get Rid of Anxiety
One of the best ways to reduce anxiety levels is to ensure that you are aware about how the actual surgery is conducted and what you can expect after that. Before the surgery, your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon will provide you information about the type of anesthetic that is to be used, how you are likely to feel in the course of and post the operation.
Types of Anesthesia
It is important that you discuss all your concerns at this point of time. You will be provided complete information and this helps you handle stress in a better way. While the surgery is being carried out, 1/more of the following methods could be used in controlling your pain & anxiety:
– Nitrous oxide-oxygen
– Local anesthesia
– Intravenous sedation
– General anesthesia
Most patients tend to describe their feelings as being comfortable & surprisingly pleasant, during surgery. Post the surgery, you might be prescribed a medication that will help increase your comfort levels, when you get home.