For your surgical procedure, you may have the option of choosing your method of anesthetic sedation. You will not make this decision blindly; the option that is chosen for or by you is taken into careful consideration by both you and Dr. Elias. He will explain each option in detail and outline the risks of each. Factors weighed include the nature of the procedure and your level of apprehension regarding the surgery. We want you to be comfortable and for the procedure to go by smoothly.
In order to administer anesthesia in an office, Dr. Elias completed hospital-based anesthesia training and was evaluated by a state dental board appointed examiner. This evaluation includes observing a surgery in which general anesthesia is used, inspecting monitoring devices and emergency preparedness and testing the doctor and staff on anesthesia-related injuries and emergencies. The certification we received after this comprehensive evaluation is renewable every two years as long as the surgeon completes a required number of continuing education hours.
We take your safety and comfort very seriously, especially when it comes to sedation. If you are concerned or have any questions regarding your anesthesia, do not hesitate to bring this up before your procedure or during your consultation.