"After completing dental school, our young family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I completed a four-year surgical residency. In addition to performing hundreds of surgical cases, I spent 6 months on rotation with the Department of Anesthesia, administering anesthesia in the main OR and children’s hospital. These six months, combined with two months in the Trauma and Burn ICU, and one month each in the Neurosurgical ICU and Surgical ICU, provided invaluable experience managing medically complex, sick patients." Dr. Patrick Brain
Office-based anesthesia has been part of the training, practice, and history of oral and maxillofacial surgery for over 90 years. In 1930, when Dr. John Lundy established the anesthesia residency program at the Mayo Clinic, he developed and taught administration of IV pentothal to the Chief of Oral Surgery, Dr. Ed Staffney. This technique, initially taught to Mayo residents, now serves as a fundamental aspect of training for oral surgery residency everywhere. Hallmarked by ongoing innovation and safety, the longstanding tradition is respected, supported, and endorsed by American Society of Anesthesiologists. In 2004, Roger W. Litwiller MD, President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists reviewed and concurred with AAOMS’s “Parameters of Care for Anesthesia and Outpatient Facilities,” the official document defining clinical practice guidelines in anesthesia. His statement regarding the use of the general anesthetic, Propofol, and its use by oral surgeons resulted from, “…a long history of safely using general anesthesia in the care of their patients…”
As you consider your treatment and anesthetic options, we invite you to schedule a consultation so Dr. Brain and his staff can answer additional questions and help you feel more comfortable and confident about your surgical and anesthetic care.