The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following dental school, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) complete at least four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program alongside medical residents in general surgery, anesthesia and other specialties. During this time, OMS residents must complete a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service, during which they become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.

As a result of this extensive training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well-prepared to identify, diagnose and assess the source of pain and anxiety within the scope of their discipline, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. Further, they 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.

 Is Sedation and Anesthesia Safe?

The use of sedation and anesthesia in the practice of oral and maxillofacial sugery has a commendable record of safety. This is due to their advanced training and commitment to a culture of safety in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office. This means that patient safety is always the number one priority. Do not be hesitant or embarrassed to share information. Be forthcoming about your medical history and the drugs and supplements you take, whether prescription, over-the-counter or even illicit. Your proper treatment and your safety depend on it.

Dr. McCormack is experienced in administering anesthesia to make your surgical experience as easy as possible.  His office has successfully completed the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Office Anesthesia Evaluation Program. He is board certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and is a fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. 

Watch the AAOMS video about anesthesia