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Anesthesia in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office: past, present and future.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10596634     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this day and age, the fear of not "waking up" from a general anesthetic has little basis in fact. Serious complications almost never occur in the absence of a preexisting medical problem. By virtue of extensive training, proper patient selection, vigilant monitoring, and judicious use anesthetic agents, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon continues to provide a very high level of anesthetic care. Besides being safe, it is also very cost effective. The surgical removal of four impacted third molars in the office costs four to five times less than a similar procedure in the typical ambulatory surgery unit. Thus, it would appear that the oral surgeon's expertise in delivering office anesthesia not only predates the current popularity of ambulatory surgery, but may well have been the pioneering model from which it arose.
P Wallace
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal - Oklahoma Dental Association     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0164-9442     ISO Abbreviation:  J Okla Dent Assoc     Publication Date:    1998-1999 Winter
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-21     Completed Date:  1999-12-21     Revised Date:  2006-07-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905263     Medline TA:  J Okla Dent Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-9, 66     Citation Subset:  D    
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures*
Anesthesia, Dental*
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Monitoring, Intraoperative / instrumentation
Oral Surgical Procedures*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics, Intravenous; 0/Piperidines; 132875-61-7/remifentanil; 2078-54-8/Propofol

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