Questions You Should Ask

Questions for Patients to Ask Your Surgical Care Team Before Having Surgery in a Dental Office

FDSA wants you to be informed before you have surgery in a dental office. Here are some questions that will help you make the right decision.

Is the office certified?

The Florida Board of Dentistry/State of Florida requires that a dentist’s office be inspected and certified if they provide sedation or general anesthesia.

Is the dentist administering the anesthesia board certified?

This is significant for the same reasons as above. It also means that the anesthesia provider has had the required amount of experience, with no adverse incidents.

Will current anesthesia monitors and machines be used during the anesthetic?

The dental anesthesiologist not only ensures that the most up to date equipment is available, but that it is functioning properly. The dental anesthesiologist has the most training with the most advanced equipment.

Is the necessary resuscitative equipment available in the event of a serious complication?

The dental anesthesiologist can ensure this, as well as a surgeon whose office has been inspected and accredited.

Who is ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified in the office?

The surgeon and anesthesia provider should be ACLS certified.

Who is responsible for determining when I am sent home?

The dental anesthesiologist’s responsibility is to oversee the patient before, during and after surgery. The presence of the anesthesiologist ensures that your recovery is as smooth a process as possible and that you go home only when it is safe to do so.