Havre de Grace Oral Surgeon Explains Rigorous Training

Dr. Leonard Spector explains that oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive training that includes a focus on using anesthesia in an office setting.

In an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, there are many skills we need to acquire to complete our rigorous program of study. After four years of dental school, a dentist who aspires to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon must complete either a four- or six -year an accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery program. A significant portion of that training is in anesthesia and internal medicine. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we have to be very confident in anesthesia as this is a large part of our practice. We are trained to use anesthesia safely in an office setting.

The oral and maxillofacial surgery curriculum is designed to develop both the clinical and communicative skills that will result in better-diversified career options.

Principal subjects of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Dental implants
  • Management of facial pain
  • Facial aesthetic surgery
  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Correction of Dentofacial Deformities
  • Ambulatory general anesthesia and deep sedation

As part of this training, we usually have a six-month rotation in anesthesiology in our residency. Also, we not only rotate through internal medicine, but we have rotations through cardiology, general surgery, surgical and medical intensive care. During these rotations, we work as any other medical resident, treating the same patients and placing orders.

This training takes place in the hospital setting where we also learn, of course, oral surgery techniques and how to handle facial trauma cases that come into the emergency room.

These training programs are very complete. They prepare the surgeon seamlessly to go into an oral surgery practice with a very high degree of competency.

If you are interested in learning more about our training and certifications, or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Leonard Spector