[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After the tragic death of 3-year-old Daleyza Hernandez Avila earlier this summer, the safety of children undergoing anesthesia for common dental procedures has attracted national attention.
As board-certified oral surgeons, each Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon is a member of the AAOMS, the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. This organization provides educational, research and advocacy support for our dental specialty. As members, we comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and periodic office examinations to ensure that we meet stringent national standards.
Have you ever wondered what the rest of the name you sometimes see for your oral surgeon means? What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? Many people are confused by the word “maxillofacial” which simply means of, or relating to, the jaws and face.
Recently a neighbor and I were discussing dentistry. After all, I am an oral surgeon and everyone wants to talk to me about their dental issues. I am happy to oblige, and I offer suggestions and advice when appropriate. On this particular occasion, my neighbor asked me about using an oral surgeon at his dentist’s office. He needs several teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants for future restoration. His general dentist offered to have his itinerant oral surgeon take care of him.