About Office-Based Anesthesia
Dr. Stopperich is trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration which was a large part of his 5-year hospital-based oral & maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residency. During this time, Dr. Stopperich participated in the medical anesthesiology service, during which he gained extensive knowledge in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients. The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. Whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, today’s technology makes it possible fro Dr Stopperich to perform complex surgery in the office with little or no discomfort.
Extensive Training and Experience in the Control of Pain and Anxiety
As a result of his extensive training, Dr Stopperich is well-prepared to identify, diagnose and assess the source of pain and anxiety within the scope of their discipline, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. He is experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.
Dr Stopperich and his staff will make sure you know what to expect during and after surgery. Prior to surgery, they 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.
After surgery, you may be prescribed a medication to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.
Benefits of Office-based Anesthesia:
Qualified applicants will then undergo an in office evaluation by a state dental board appointed examiner. The examiner observes an actual surgical procedure during which general anesthesia is administered to the patient. The examiner also inspects all monitoring devices and emergency equipment and tests the doctor and the surgical staff on anesthesia related emergencies. If the examiner reports successful completion of the evaluation process, the state dental board will issue the doctor a license to perform general anesthesia. The license is renewable every two years if the doctor maintains the required amount of continuing education units related to anesthesia.
The majority of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures are performed in the office, with accompanying anesthesia administration. This treatment approach is convenient and cost-effective. The comfortable, personalized setting at Stopperich Oral Surgery minimizes waiting and recovery time, as compared to having the same procedure performed in a hospital outpatient surgery center. In addition, in-office procedures and anesthesia delivery are usually less costly than similar care in a hospital or outpatient surgery center.