Remember wondering what the first day of school would be like? Starting a new job? Moving to a new community? Each of these situations is a classic anxiety producer. What they have in common is that each involves the unknown. And that’s what anxiety is: the fear of a specific upcoming event that, in all likelihood, you’ve never before experienced.
An upcoming visit to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is another potential anxiety producer. In this case, you’re typically most concerned about possible pain—whether the procedure is going to hurt.
The good news is that whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgery in the CPOMS office with little or no discomfort for you. Knowing this should start to reduce your level of anxiety.
Extensive Training & Experience in the Control of Pain & Anxiety
The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. As a surgical specialist of the dental profession, Dr. Meyers is trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Following dental school, he completed three years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program alongside medical residents in general surgery, anesthesia and other specialties. During this time, he completed a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service, during which he became competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic, and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.
As a result of this extensive training, Dr. Meyers is well-prepared, board-certified and licensed to identify, diagnose and assess the source of pain and anxiety within the scope of his discipline, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Meyers is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Academy of Pain Management.
The Less You Worry, The Easier It Will Be
The best way to reduce anxiety is to make certain you know what to expect during and after surgery. As with most anxiety-producing situations, the more you know, the less you have to be anxious about. Prior to surgery, Dr. Meyers will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you’re likely to feel during and after the operation. This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have about any facet of the operation.
During surgery, one or more of the following may be used to control your pain and anxiety: oral sedation, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia, intravenous sedation (“twilight sleep”) and general anesthesia. Commonly, patients describe their feelings during surgery as being comfortable and surprisingly pleasant.
After surgery, Dr. Meyers may prescribe a medication to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.