One of the unique characteristics of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is their ability to provide IV anesthesia in the office setting. This provides a comfortable means of undergoing oral surgical procedures. Drs. Bobo and Pledger both received several months of hospital-based anesthesia training during their residencies and have years of experience providing safe, comfortable IV sedation/general anesthesia in the office setting.
Both offices and doctors possess anesthesia certifications administered by the Kentucky and Tennessee Boards of Dentistry. Both offices have been inspected by their respective oral surgical state society anesthesia committees and deemed safe facilities to practice IV anesthesia. All appropriate emergency medications and equipment are available in the offices. Both doctors have obtained Advanced Cardiac Life Support training & Pediatric Advanced Life Support training and are certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Bobo additionally has obtained certification by the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology.
Patients are monitored during their anesthesia with pulse oximetry, blood pressure, heartrate, end tidal CO2, and EKG monitors. A careful medical history is obtained prior to the anesthesia and surgery. Medications are usually given through an IV, but may also be given IM (particularly in younger children). The medications used may include versed (midazolam), fentanyl, propofol, and ketamine. The goal is to slowly administer the medications appropriate to each individual’s weight and response to achieve a deeply sedated state during the procedure with a relatively short recovery period afterwards.
We welcome your questions regarding anesthesia. Our goal is to provide the most comfortable and safe anesthestic and surgical procedures possible.Go Back