AAAHC Office-Based Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

What is Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists?
Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists is a state-of-the-art surgical facility in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. This 3,600 square feet facility has a fully equipped operating room that includes CBCT imaging and digital radiography technology as well as all necessary equipment for the administration and monitoring of patients under I.V. sedation and general anesthesia. Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists also has a dedicated, private space for pre-operative patient examinations as well as separate areas for post-surgical recovery and monitoring. The center also features an attractive waiting area for family members equipped with a television and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Is Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists an accredited surgical facility?
Yes. Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists is the only office-based surgery center run by board certified periodontists that is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This distinction is very significant, because AAAHC accredits over 5,000 facilities nationwide by promulgating rigorous standards in areas such as quality assurance, infection control, and patient safety.

What advantages does Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists offer?
By voluntarily submitting to an in-depth accreditation process, Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists provides patients with a very high standard of patient safety and quality assurance. As periodontal and oral surgery procedures become more complex, they are outgrowing the traditional dental treatment room. The combination of highly sophisticated surgical procedures and the multi-faceted medical needs of an aging population require a dedicated, state-of-art facility that is monitored by a respected, independent accrediting body. AAAHC focuses on peer review, chart review, data collection, and all aspects of patient safety, especially those related to the administration of sedation, general anesthesia and surgical procedures.

What safeguards are utilized during the administration of anesthesia?
Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists allows surgeons to focus on carrying out precise surgical procedures while the patient is monitored by a board certified dental anesthesiologist and a registered nurse with training and experience in cardiac critical care. The anesthesiologist and the registered nurse monitor the patient’s airway and vital signs in a controlled environment utilizing the same equipment and protocols found in hospital operating rooms. The patient remains comfortable under general anesthesia and is constantly assessed by experts, while the periodontal surgeons perform complex procedures that would be much more difficult to accomplish in a traditional dental office setting. The surgeries remain outpatient.

How does Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists utilize imaging technology?
Sophisticated imaging technology is important prior to procedures for diagnostic purposes. Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists utilizes cone beam (CBCT) technology to provide periodontal surgeons with instant, three-dimensional images that are available during the surgery for decision making and review of factual anatomy. Digital x-rays are also utilized during procedures to verify anatomical landmarks and to ensure optimal surgical and prosthetic outcomes.

What types of surgery are performed at Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists?
Traditional dental treatment rooms are not suited for the increasingly sophisticated dental surgery procedures that are available with today’s technology. Examples of the types of procedures performed in Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists include surgeries involving the periodontium, alveolar bone, sinus augmentation, maxillary and mandibular bone reconstruction, tissue engineering, dental implant surgery, mucogingival and periodontal regenerative surgery, and well as surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy. At Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists, these procedures are performed in a safe, controlled environment while the patient remains relaxed and stress free under I.V. sedation or general anesthesia by board certified specialists in anesthesia and dental surgery/periodontics.

Where is the AAAHC accredited office based surgery center of Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists located and how do I obtain more information?
Periodontal Medicine Surgical Specialists 1 S. 224 Summit Avenue, Suite 205, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. For more information, please call us at: (630) 627-3930.

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