Oral and Facial Trauma: Types and Treatments

Just as traumatic injuries can occur to the body, they can also occur in and around the mouth. Oral trauma can range from dental lacerations to more severe damage to the soft tissues and many bones of the face and skull. These injuries are often caused by motor vehicle accidents, assaults, sports or work related injuries, and falls.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our highly skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon is trained to provide treatment for all types of facial trauma including the emergency management of oral and maxillofacial injuries, as well as any required facial reconstruction procedures.

Some of the most common injuries include:

Injuries of the teeth and surrounding bone: These include teeth that have been dislodged with or without a part of the surrounding bone, or a tooth that has been completely “knocked out” of its socket. Treatment of these injuries needs to be performed without delay to reposition and stabilize the involved teeth and/or bone in the correct positions.

Soft Tissue Injuries: These include lacerations within the mouth and facial lacerations. The diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries involves repairing the injury to achieve the best cosmetic result, and to maintain function and sensation in the involved area.

Facial Bone Fractures: These include fractures of the upper or lower jaws, fractures to the orbit of the eye, the cheekbone, and nasal fractures. Facial bone fractures are treated in much the same way as fractures of other parts of the body. The goals are to restore alignment, prevent any infections from developing, reestablish function, and to maintain normal facial appearance.

Committed to excellence in oral care

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

If You’re Suffering From Obstructive Sleep Apnea

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in treating oral pathology and facial trauma as well as performing a wide range of surgical procedures on both the hard and soft tissues in the mouth, head, and neck area. From complex dental extractions, biopsies, apicoectomies, and corrective jaw surgery to bone graft procedures, sinus lifts, and the placement of dental implants, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon provides the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care.

As everyone knows, a full night of uninterrupted sleep is vital to one’s overall health and well-being. If your loud snoring is keeping everyone in your household awake, or if you’re not getting the restful night’s sleep you require, obstructive sleep apnea may be to blame. According to statistics, obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread condition that affects approximately 25 million adults throughout the United States. If you are one of the many struggling with this condition, our office can help. We understand the complex relationship between airway function and oral anatomy.

The symptoms and potential consequences of obstructive sleep apnea

In addition to the intermittent blockage of airflow and breathing cessation, those who suffer from sleep apnea can also experience abrupt awakenings and episodes of gasping for air. Because sleep apnea interrupts the normal sleep cycle, sufferers also tend to experience daytime symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. And there are broader implications as well. Obstructive sleep apnea is often a factor in motor vehicle accidents and may contribute to the development of serious medical conditions such as:

• Cardiovascular problems
• Diabetes
• Cancer
• Glaucoma
• Cognitive and Behavioral Issues

Solutions in Care

As a skilled specialist, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well equipped to treat sleep apnea and can provide a wide range of therapeutic services ranging from behavior modification, oral appliances, or a CPAP device, to surgical procedures to improve airway function and alleviate the symptoms of the condition.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Options in Dental Sedation

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in addressing many complex dental issues that require skilled surgical intervention such as apicectomies, facial trauma, bone grafts, complex extractions, orthognathic surgery and more. Our office is well aware that the prospect of certain procedures, especially ones that are surgical in nature, can leave patients feeling anxious and fearful. To address this apprehension and make each visit a more comfortable experience, we offer a range of options in dental sedation. It’s because oral and maxillofacial surgeons have years of advanced training and are qualified in offering multiple levels of sedation, that they are able to provide surgical care that is more comfortable and stress free.

Depending on your unique needs and level of apprehension, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will determine the form of sedation that is most suitable for your treatment. Types of sedation commonly used for dental procedures include nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or IV sedation, which is an option typically offered in cases where extensive work is required or a high level of anxiety is present. We will carefully examine your medical records, taking into account any existing health conditions prior to prescribing sedation. You can trust that we will cautiously monitor the dosage and effects of your sedation, always prioritizing your safety and overall health.

A commonly used sedation option is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a gas that can be inhaled through the nose during treatment and acts almost immediately. As a safe, effective, and fast-acting option, nitrous oxide can ease your nerves and make your procedure much more comfortable. Because its effects wear off rather quickly, you will not require an escort to drive you home. In some cases, oral sedatives can be prescribed and taken in advance of treatment. Oral sedatives induce feelings of calming relaxation, and the effects can last for hours after the appointment. Typically, patients taking an oral sedative prior to a procedure require an escort both to and from the office. The same is true with IV sedation, as the medications are directly supplied to your bloodstream, providing immediate effects. For more complex surgical procedures or to provide care for patients with special needs or complex medical conditions, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon can also provide care in a hospital setting with general anesthesia.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in addressing all types of dental surgical needs as well as treating any pathology or trauma affecting the orofacial area. From corrective jaw surgery to bone graft procedures and sinus lifts, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon is experienced in providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it’s a good idea toconsult withour office. With years of advanced specialty training, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well versed in the complex relationship between airway function and oral anatomy.

As everyone knows, a full night of uninterrupted sleep is vital to one’s overall health and well-being. If your loud snoring is keeping everyone in your household awake, or if you’re not getting the restful night’s sleep you require, obstructive sleep apnea may be to blame. According to statistics, obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread condition that affects approximately 25 million adults throughout the United States. In addition to the intermittent blockage of airflow and breathing cessation, those who suffer with sleep apnea can also experience abrupt awakenings and episodes of gasping for air. Because sleep apnea interrupts the normal sleep cycle, suffererstend to experience daytime symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Unfortunately, these symptoms can have dangerous consequencesthat may resultin accidents as well as become contributing factors in the development of serious illnesses. As a skilled specialistour oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well equipped to treat sleep apnea, and can prescribe a custom fabricated oral appliance or other modes of care to alleviate the symptoms of thiscondition.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.