We are realistic and understand that going to the doctor or having surgery is a common fear. While we have an office and staff that is dedicated to minimizing anxiety and improving your comfort, most people will be at least a little nervous if they are having a procedure. The most important goal of our office from the time you look us up or schedule your visit is to make sure that you are safe, comfortable, and have a great patient experience.
If you are having a procedure, your doctor will discuss with you the options. Our facility is credentialed by the state to perform general anesthesia which means we have met a rigorous set of standards, including an on-site inspection. We maintain certification by the American Heart Association, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the State of Massachusetts to assure that you are cared for in the best way possible. Our duration and intensity of training in anesthesia is second only to that of an anesthesiologist.
If your procedure is to be done in-office, we will use either a local anesthetic (numbing medication), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous sedation. These techniques are often employed for minor procedures such as eyelid surgery, skin biopsy, wisdom tooth removal, or minor cosmetic procedures. Most commonly for our procedures, we use intravenous sedation. It is done by inserting a catheter so we can precisely administer medication to keep you comfortable, eliminate any anxiety, and make the procedure seem like it is done in an instant. No matter if you go to sleep, we use numbing medication for almost all of our procedures so that you don’t have any discomfort during or after the procedure.
Many of our patients will be having procedures that require general anesthesia in an ambulatory surgical center or hospital. In that instance, you will have a preoperative visit with your surgeon and we will help coordinate your treatment with the appropriate facility. We perform procedures most commonly at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center (BIDMC) and they have an amazing team of doctors and nurses to help your surgeon. Both CMF and BIDMC have a commitment to education and training. While residents may participate in your care in the hospital, your CMF doctor is the one that does your procedure