Anesthesia Services

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery {OMS}is one of the few surgical specialties to receive training in providing general anesthesia as a part of the basic training of residents. Due to the extensive nature of the services provided in our office or outpatient basis, it is necessary for our specialty to be equipped, trained and able to provide general anesthesia.

Anesthesia for a very long part of history was non-existent. Surgery was done with patients awake and restrained, occasionally with the use of alcohol to obtund the pain. Operations were short and limited in scope. In 1846, a dentist from Hartford, Conn. by the name of Horace Wells became the first recorded person to anesthetize a patient for a surgical procedure. He demonstrated the use of nitrous oxide gas to render a patient unconscious and removed a tooth before a group of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital. Years later after his death he was given the title of “The Father of Anesthesia”. Since that moment in history, general anesthesia has been an integral of dentistry and later the practice of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.

Outpatient general anesthesia as used today in wide-spread applications is a relatively late development. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons pioneered outpatient general anesthesia in this country. The techniques developed by our specialty demonstrated to the medical community that safe administration was possible and practical. Our profession also pioneered the passing of state laws to insure the quality and safety of anesthesia administration in a dental office. The State of Alabama has the strictest general anesthesia law in the country which insures that anyone administering general anesthesia in a dental office is properly trained and equipped to provide safe care of their patients.

The administration of anesthesia in the OMS office utilizes the full spectrum of choices. Local anesthesia {numbing}remains the most frequently used anesthetic. The use of nitrous oxide analgesia with local anesthesia has made possible a generation of patients who are not afraid to go to the dentist. Light sedation and deep sedation (also called modified general anesthesia}are variations of the same process, to remove anxiety and often memory of a procedure while local anesthesia eliminates the pain. General anesthesia is utilized where local anesthesia is insufficient to keep the patient comfortable during a procedure. Our doctor is trained, licensed and prepared to administer all types of anesthesia. Our offices are equipped to provide the safest comfortable care of our patients. Dr. Brindley is one of a few surgeons in our state who is board certified by the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology.