IV Sedation Shoreline & Seattle, WA
With the exception of anesthesiologists, oral & maxillofacial surgeons receive more anesthesia training than any other medical specialty. Since its earliest days, the specialty of oral & maxillofacial surgery has been providing patients with safe and effective outpatient anesthesia. During their four-year hospital residency, oral surgery residents complete a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service. They become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients, administering local anesthesia and all forms of sedation and general anesthesia.
Further, oral surgeons are experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia. Our surgical assistants are extensively trained and experienced as well. Each has completed additional anesthesia-focused training and has been certified as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant by the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Many oral surgery procedures, including implants and most extractions, can be completed comfortably using local anesthesia. However, many patients choose to have IV anesthesia, so they can sleep through the procedure and awaken in comfort when it is over.