Anesthesia: Safety and Comfort in the OMS Office

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Due to recent events in the local news, we wanted to take a moment to let our patients know that we take the highest safety precautions when administering anesthesia during a surgical procedure. Dr. Durham and Dr. Soung have an extensive amount of training and are diligently committed to ensuring that they deliver the highest standards of care to their patients. Detailed medical histories are reviewed over by both of our doctors on each patient, medical clearances are sent to the patient’s physicians and reviewed (if necessary) prior to scheduling any surgical procedures, and all patients are monitored under strict guidelines and with state-of the-art safety monitoring equipment when they undergo sedation/anesthesia in our office.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Durham and Soung underwent a rigorous 4-year hospital-based residency program after graduation from dental school that not only involved comprehensive training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, but also required them to complete rotations with their medical colleagues on the following services: General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Cardiology, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Furthermore, as part of their training (and in contrast to all other surgeons or surgical specialists in the fields of medicine or dentistry), they complete a formal 5-month Anesthesia rotation alongside medical Anesthesiologists (M.D.s) and medical Anesthesiology residents, where they are trained to properly and comprehensively evaluate patients for anesthesia, deliver anesthesia care in both the operating room and outpatient clinic setting, and monitor post-anesthetic patients. They are exceptionally well trained in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

Dr. Durham and Soung are also both board-certified Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a distinction that demonstrates their commitment and knowledge of the skills central to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and requires successful completion of a rigorous (2-part) testing and peer evaluation process after graduation from residency. Earning the designation of “Board Certified” assures the public that certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons have successfully completed a rigorous peer evaluation process by requiring surgeons to present and maintain appropriate professional credentials, and demonstrate the requisite training, experience and knowledge. Although complications are an unfortunate occurrence in any setting, patients should be aware that there are inherent risks to undergoing any type of anesthesia, and that deaths in the operating room and in provider offices occur every day even in the very capable hands of trained medical Anesthesiologists.

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