Culture of Safety in the OMS Office

At ArkLaTex Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our primary goal is to provide exceptional care for our patients in the most comfortable and welcoming environment possible, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and surgical expertise.  It is an honor to be entrusted with your care, and it is a privilege we take very seriously.  Your welfare is our number one priority.

In many cases, being faced with the impending loss of a tooth or teeth can be extremely anxiety-provoking.  Fortunately, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the ability to provide intravenous anesthesia as well as the more typical local anesthetics (numbing agents).  Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a four- to six-year hospital-based residency program during which provision of outpatient anesthesia for dental and surgical procedures is a core component.  Our surgeons follow the guidelines of the American Society of Anesthesiologists for evaluation and classification of risk individually for each patient.  During your consultation with Dr. Smith, Lustig, Banker, or Benson, he will perform a thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination in order to determine if intravenous anesthesia can be safely and predictably delivered.  

Patients and/or caregivers also play a role in safety.  It is very important that you provide an accurate and thorough medical history, including a complete list of medications taken.  The delivery of anesthesia is truly an art, tailored to each individual patient, and complete knowledge of your overall health status is paramount to maintaining our high standard of care.

Our commitment to safety extends beyond our surgeons.  Though not required, our anesthesia and surgical assistants go through additional training to obtain the DAANCE certification through the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).  We use state-of-the-art patient monitors and were early adopters of end-tidal CO2 monitoring long before it was required by law.  In addition, we have a full complement of emergency medications and equipment at our disposal, should an emergency occur with sedated or non-sedated patients alike.

Our sedated patients are treated with the same care and respect as our non-sedated patients.  A dedicated anesthesia assistant will remain with the patient at all times throughout both the planned procedure and the recovery process.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon during your initial consultation.