Did you know that except for anesthesiologists, oral & maxillofacial surgeons receive more anesthesia training than any other medical specialty? Since its earliest days, the specialty of oral & maxillofacial surgery has distinguished itself with the ability to provide patients with safe and effective outpatient anesthesia. During his 4-year hospital residency, Dr. Manuel La Rosa completed an extensive training on the medical anesthesiology service, during which he become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are able to appropriately administer local anesthesia and all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. 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.
All the surgical assistants working for Dr. Manuel La Rosa are extensively trained and well-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 (AAOMS). On top of that extensive training, each assistant is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) which is used to certify personnel in the handling of advance airway and emergent cardiac situations.
Many oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures including dental implants and most extractions can be completed comfortably using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. However, many patients choose to have IV general anesthesia so they can sleep through the procedure, and awaken in comfort when its over. Whether your procedure will be completed using local anesthesia only; local anesthesia with intravenous anesthesia or general anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office, as an outpatient and with little or no discomfort.