Centers & Services

Department of Dental Anesthesiology

What is Dental Anesthesiology Department?

We specialize in anesthetic management for patients undergoing oral and maxillofacial surgery and for patients with intellectual disability and with specific fear of dental treatment, and are also specialists in orofacial pain clinic.

Our Staff

Director, Department of Dental Anesthesiology

Takuya Miyawaki, Professor
[Dental Anesthesiology, Special Needs Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Clinic]

Staff

Shigeru Maeda Associate professor [Dental Anesthesiology, Special Needs Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Clinic]
Hitoshi Higuchi Lecturer [Dental Anesthesiology, Special Needs Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Clinic]
Yuka Wakasugi Assistant professor [Dental Anesthesiology, Special Needs Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Clinic]
Megumi Yoshioka Clinical Staff [Dental Anesthesiology]
Kumiko Ishida Clinical Staff [Dental Anesthesiology]
Hiroshi Tanimura Clinical Staff [Dental Anesthesiology]

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Clinical sections available by day of the week

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning
8:30-12:00
(First-visiting patients accepted by 11:00 a.m.)
Consultation (first-visiting) Sedation Orofacial pain clinic Ambulatory general anesthesia Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Orofacial pain clinic Ambulatory general anesthesia Monitored anesthetic care Consultation (first-visiting) Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Orofacial pain clinic Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Orofacial pain clinic Monitored anesthetic care Consultation (first-visiting) Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Orofacial pain clinic Monitored anesthetic care
Afternoon
13:00-16:30
(Accepted by 16:00)
Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Orofacial pain clinic Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Orofacial pain clinic Monitored anesthetic care Sedation Ambulatory general anesthesia Monitored anesthetic care

★ Please bring a referral from your family dentist with you if you are a first-visiting outpatient.

Treatment system

Dental anesthesiologists with the Japanese Board of Dental Anesthesiologist (JBDA), which is certificated by the Japanese Dental Society of Anesthesiology, or the Board Certified Dental Anesthesiology Specialist (BCDAS), which is officially approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan, head the team to provide outpatient and inpatient care in cooperation with other departments.

Treatment policy

The policy of our department is to provide pain-free, safe, relaxing, and satisfied condition during dental treatment or oral and maxillofacial surgery. Therefore, we aim to provide better and higher-quality anesthetic care to dental patients.

Specialties

  • Sedation and Monitored anesthetic care: we relieve mental stress induced by dental treatment and surgery, and provide safety and relaxation to dental patients.
  • Ambulatory general anesthesia: we provide ambulatory anesthesia to outpatients with disabilities for dental treatments.
  • Orofacial pain clinic: orofacial pain is often caused by multiple diseases, including neuropathic pain, myofascial pain, psychogenic pain, and odontogenic pain. Therefore, we diagnose and treat it with the knowledge of both pain clinic and dentistry.

Scope of Target diseases

  • General anesthesia: for patients with oral and maxillofacial diseases requiring general anesthesia for surgery or dental treatment
  • Sedation: for patients with dental fear, gagging reflex, involuntary movements, intellectual disability, autism, or mental disorder.
  • Monitored anesthetic care: for patients with severe respiratory or circulatory diseases, who have a history of loss of consciousness during dental treatments, or who are allergic to local anesthetics or are suspected to have an allergy to something related to dental treatments
  • Orofacial pain clinic: neuropathic pain (such as trigeminal neuralgia), myofascial pain, psychogenic pain, refractory odontogenic pain, abnormal sensation caused by nerve damage or something in oral and maxillofacial region.
  • Allergy to local dental anesthetics

For outpatients

Please visit your family dental clinic first, and you need to have the dentist write a referral to the Department of Dental Anesthesiology of Okayama University Hospital, and please bring it with you.

Highly advanced/specialized medical treatments

Techniques covered by health insurance programs

  • Intravenous sedation for outpatients with intellectual disability
  • Ambulatory general anesthesia for dental treatments

Techniques conducted as clinical research

  • Intravenous sedation using a brain wave-guided target-controlled infusion

Main methods for testing and explanation

  • Allergy tests for dental local anesthetics: when a patient is suspected to have an allergy to local dental anesthetics, we verify the presence of anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reaction to dental local anesthetics, using challenge tests.