What Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Do?

Following dental school, an OMFS completes a minimum of four to six additional years of surgical training in a hospital-based residency program. This makes an OMFS the true surgical specialist of the dental field, able to perform advanced surgeries that can encompass the entire maxillofacial region.

During their residency program, OMFSs train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, cardiology, general surgery and anesthesiology. They also train with their surgical colleagues in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, trauma surgery and other specialty areas.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons train extensively with anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort. No other medical or dental specialty requires this training, which makes an OMFS qualified to administer sedation and general anesthesia. Although many general dentists offer “sleep” dentistry, only an OMFS is licensed to administer deep sedation and general anesthesia in which their patients are truly unconscious.