Supplemental oxygen therapy: Important considerations in oral and maxillofacial surgery

Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2011 Jan;2(1):10-4. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.85846.


The administration of supplemental oxygen is an essential element of appropriate management for a wide range of clinical conditions; crossing different medical and surgical specialities. The present review summarizes the role of supportive oxygen therapy in various clinical conditions encountered in our day-to-day practice in the speciality of oral and maxillofacial surgery; including major trauma, shock, sepsis; perioperative and postoperative considerations and in patients with various other medical comorbidities. Regular and judicious use of oxygen as a drug is thus recommended in our day-to-day practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery to reduce the morbidity and improve the prognosis of patients.

Keywords: Hypoxia; oral surgery; oxygen therapy.