IV Anesthesia and Full Disclosure about Prescription and Illicit Drug Use

At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our goal is to provide the highest quality oral surgical care and safety for our patients.  With that being said, we trust that our patients are forthcoming with complete and truthful information about their medical history. 

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7 Tips to Help You Survive After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

While you might not be looking forward to having your wisdom teeth removed, at least you know you’re not alone. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that between 60 and 85 percent of adults and older teenagers have had at least one wisdom tooth extracted. At Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, it’s our goal to keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure and to ensure that you understand what to expect before your oral surgery appointment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time if you need additional clarification about wisdom teeth removal.

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Why Use a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

We get it! Oral surgery isn’t fun. It’s no “walk in the park.” And while we can’t guarantee that it will be “easy as pie,” we can promise that you will be cared for by highly trained and experienced Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in a safe surgical environment. And when it is all said and done, your recovery will likely be expeditious and uneventful.

Your dentist may have offered to extract your wisdom teeth, to place dental implants, or perform other oral surgeries for you. How easy would that be? After all, your dentist is qualified to perform some dental surgery as part of his/her dental training. But, why would you agree to allow your general dentist to perform oral surgery? Consider this. Would you agree to let your family practitioner set a broken leg? Would you ask a handyman to rewire your entire electrical system in your home? It’s doubtful. Chances are that you would seek out a specialist to perform these functions. Oral surgery shouldn’t be any different. An oral & maxillofacial surgeon focuses solely on surgical procedures to treat his patients. He or she has the highest credentials, surgical skills, education, experience and judgment to perform a safe and successful procedure.

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Summertime is the Best Time to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Ice cream and popsicles are the perfect treats for both hot summer days AND post-op recovery. Coincidence? We think not! Having your wisdom teeth removed might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer, but if your dentist has recommended that you have an oral surgeon remove your wisdom teeth, summertime is actually one of the best times to get it done.

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Local Oral Surgeon Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS, March 26, 2019 – Zahid S. Lalani, DDS, PhD, MBA recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.  Dr. Zahid Lalani is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and practices with Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Spring and Magnolia.

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The History of Dental Innovations

Modern dentistry has come a long way since its inception in the ancient world. The first records of dental history indicate that ancient Sumerians believed their tooth decay and pain were the result of “tooth worms.” This belief was obviously a result of their lack of education and knowledge with regard to oral health. The first “dentist” on record was Hesy-Re, an Egyptian scribe who lived in 2600 BC. His gravestone inscription indicated his professional knowledge of teeth. It said, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Dental care, knowledge and the practice of dentistry continued to evolve from there …

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Justin W. Liska, DDS: Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

The partners of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are pleased to announce that Justin W. Liska, DDS has successfully completed the requirements for board certification. Dr. Liska has distinguished himself by demonstrating the knowledge and experience required to practice within the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. "Board certification is the pinnacle of achievement. Dr. Liska has proven through extensive training and rigorous evaluations that he is indeed an expert in our specialty,” said the doctors of Northwest Oral Surgery. “It is a requirement to become a board-certified oral surgeon to practice in our group,” they added. To maintain board certification, participation in continuous and ongoing professional evaluation is required.

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Rare Side Effects After Oral Surgery

Undergoing surgery of any type can result in side effects — and oral surgery is no exception. Fortunately, most people experience minor side effects such as drowsiness from the anesthesia, some swelling at the surgery site and a small amount of bleeding. Knowing about the rare side effects that can occur helps patients recover more smoothly while also protecting their health.

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Exparel: Effective Alternative for Post-Surgical Pain Management

When prescribed and administered appropriately, opioid analgesic drugs can be used to effectively treat post-oral surgical pain. At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgeons have historically exercised sound professional judgement and, in good faith, prescribed opioid drugs, such as hydrocodone, to manage such pain. However, as with most medications, opioids have risks and side effects with a potential for misuse and addiction. 

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Dental Anxiety

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. An estimated 15% of Americans report that they have some level of dental anxiety. People of all ages have dental anxiety; it’s not limited to any particular age group. It’s only human to feel fear about certain things. Unfortunately, when fear prevents you from getting the professional dental help you need, the problem is compounded. Learn more about dental anxiety along with some tips to get around it.

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