Oral surgeons complete 6 years of additional training that are not required of a general dentist! Your dental provider may tell you that they’ve removed thousands of wisdom teeth, but it does not mean they have the same level of expertise as an OMS.
Be proactive! Get your wisdom teeth removed by a specialist in an accredited facility.
5 questions you should ask your doctor before you have your wisdom teeth removed.
1) Are they board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons?
Some dentists advertise that they remove wisdom teeth and perform oral surgery, however, lack the expertise to handle the associated complications. Our surgeons are experts in the removal of wisdom teeth. Unlike most dental practitioners, our surgeons have obtained both a dental and medical degree and are board-certified physicians dedicated to your safety and comfort.
2) Is the person administering the anesthesia a board-certified physician?
Our board-certified physicians provide expert level anesthesia and monitoring before, during, and after surgery. They have completed rigorous anesthesia training and are able to properly respond to any emergency situation to keep you or your loved ones safe.
3) Are they on staff at the local hospital, and are they in good standing?
This cannot be stressed enough! If they do not have hospital privileges, that means that they do not meet the minimum training required to obtain those privileges. If a complication does arise, they have to refer their patients to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) or emergency room (ER) where they will be treated by an OMS. So, why not just start with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
4) How will I be monitored during the procedure?
There should be at least two other staff members in the room who are trained and prepared to recognize and respond to crisis situations. There should always be vigilant monitoring. Ask if the office has EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitors. If your doctor doesn’t have all of these, seek treatment elsewhere. It is also appropriate to ask about the office’s safety record and if the doctor has ever been the subject of a disciplinary action from a professional board or local government.
The surgeons at The Wisdom Teeth Specialists perform their surgery in an accredited facility. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and we are the only oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the state of Utah to have an accredited facility by AAAHC. This means that we have met the most rigorous requirements for patient care.
5) Do the doctor and his staff keep up with and know what the requirements are for Advanced Cardiac Life Support re-certification?
Your doctor should always have current ACLS certification, and the staff should all have CPR training AT A MINIMUM. The team at The Wisdom Teeth Specialists have all these certifications. In addition, we conduct quarterly disaster drills and emergency training for team continuing education.