Sedation/Anesthesia

Many people discuss being put to sleep for having their wisdom teeth removed or undergoing other surgical procedures. By large it was oral and maxillofacial surgeons who brought this level of anesthetic comfort to the dental industry. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through many extra months of specialized training in order to learn the details of anesthetic management. In fact, the only doctors that receive more formal education in anesthesia are anesthesiologists themseleves.

The anesthesia that we use is a combination of medicines, given through an I.V., that heavily sedates the patient. One of these medicines affects the memory center of the brain and causes the patient to have minimal or no recollection of the surgery. These medicines wear off very quickly after surgery, so there is less grogginess and nausea after the procedure compared to anesthetic administered in the hospital operating room.

The anesthetic safety record of the entire specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery is beyond reproach, and the anesthesia safety record of the doctors at A.O.S.D.I. is no exception This is partially because the doctors at A.O.S.D.I. perform a preoperative consultation visit to identify and address any specific medical issues that a patient may have that could complicate the administration of anesthesia.

Approximately 25% of our patients choose not to go to sleep for their surgery. Some patients simply do not like general anesthesia. Our doctors respect the wishes of our patients, and if the complexity of the surgery is not so great as to require I.V. sedation, they will be happy to perform the surgery without it. With all of our surgeries, local anesthesia, commonly known as Novocaine, is always used to render the mouth numb during surgery. Fortunately, these numbing medicines last for many hours after surgery, to provide additional post-operative pain relief.

Most people are familiar with going to sleep, or general anesthesia, for certain medical and surgical procedures. The standard technique used for general anesthesia for the vast majority of oral surgery procedures around the country is similar to that used for colonoscopy.

This level of anesthesia is especially safe, because the patient is still maintains control over their own vital, protective reflexes such as coughing and swallowing. No breathing tube needs to be placed into the patient’s windpipe, so there are few sore, hoarse throats after surgery.

A.O.S.D.I. uses some of the most modern medications available, to perform these I.V. sedations. These medications have been tailored specifically for this type of anesthesia. These medications are very effective, very safe, quick acting, and relatively easy to reverse.

Even though a large number of oral surgery patients are otherwise healthy people, a preoperative consultation is prudent. These consultations identify any problems that can then be avoided before they even occur. This level of preoperative evaluation also allows patients with more health issues to benefit from the same I.V. sedation.

Our patients have a great deal of input about which anesthesia technique is used for their surgery, because a smooth anesthetic and surgical experience starts with the patient being comfortable with the planned course of action.

While our anesthesia safety record is exceptional, we believe in being overly-prepared for any possible contingency. Our emergency carts are fully stocked and maintained. Both automatic (A.E.D.) and manual (“the paddles”) defibrillators are immediately available, if necessary. Any and all necessary emergency medications are on hand as well. Backup lighting, suction, and oxygen systems are in place in the event of power outages. All our surgeons maintain certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support from the American Heart Association. All of the office personnel, including clerical staff, are certified in Basic Life Support from the American Heart Associaion, including CPR and AED skills.

Our Office

Our office is conveniently located one block west of Rangeline on 29th Street. We are on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building next to Oasis Day Spa.

  • Address:   2819 E. 29th St. Suite 2 Joplin, MO
  • Phone:      (417) 623-2000
  • Fax:          (417) 623-7948
  • Hours:      Open Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm