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Misinformation regarding oral surgery

My boss keeps telling our patients being referred to oral surgeons that they ‘get put under and get a tube shoved down their throat’… How do I explain to my patients that getting wisdom teeth removed via oral surgeons involves conscious IV sedation in which the patient is responsive just heavily sedated (or how do I explain to my boss better yet)… Without stepping on any toes..



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Maybe the OS might want to take your boss to lunch and explain how things really happen.

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Tell the boss that if a tube was shoved down the patients throat that there would not be room to get to the wisdom teeth to make the necessary extractions. If it is truly general anesthesia and in a dental setting the patient would be intubated through the nostrils and throat would be packed with gauze to prevent accidental aspirations.
Tell the boss you called the OS to find out what sedation methods used and you were told IV sedation and then explain what IV sedation is.

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Yeah, why on earth would he say that, does he really think that! I think that lunch is in order like Sue suggested, lol!

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