What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a medical and dental specialty of surgery which involves the diagnosis, surgery and treatment of diseases and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. (American Dental Association) The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the individual who addresses problems ranging from the removal of impacted teeth to the repair of facial trauma. He or she may be a doctor you would visit to:

Have a tooth extraction.

Have teeth replaced by having dental implants inserted.

Have oral surgical procedures performed in the office under outpatient ambulatory anesthesia.

Have a jaw cyst or tumor diagnosed, removed and reconstructed.

Have your jaw aligned with orthognathic surgery.

Have your jaw joint repaired with TMJ surgery.

Have your facial bones realigned after facial trauma.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have extensive training in office-based ambulatory anesthesia and are eligible to be licensed to provide general anesthesia and deep sedation for their patients. Dr. Morris, Dr. Laggan, and Northwest Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have successfully completed the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Anesthesia Evaluation program and the Florida Department of Health Anesthesia Evaluation Program.