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Know someone needing Oral Surgery? And not sure where to start. Make sure that they are choosing a facility that is board-certified and accredited. But what do these titles really mean? We have decided to break it down.

What does it mean to be “board-certified”? Board Certification demonstrates a Doctor’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Obtaining a medical or dental license sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Requesting your Doctor to be board-certified, means a Doctor who takes the time to be precise and give the best expertise available in that field.

What does accreditation mean for a facility? The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care’s certificate of accreditation is a sign that a health care organization meets or exceeds nationally-recognized Standards. Accreditation is to maximize the safety and quality of surgical care. Accreditation is largely a voluntary process through which an ambulatory health care and dentistry organization is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized standards. The accreditation process involves a self-assessment by the organization and a thorough on-site review by the Accreditation Association’s volunteer expert surveyors.

According to the AAAHC website, “Today’s AAAHC includes 18 member organizations representing the broad spectrum of ambulatory health care. The growth of the Board has helped the AAAHC add new Standards in areas such as dentistry, behavioral health, and health education and wellness, while continuously updating existing Standards to reflect cutting-edge ambulatory care knowledge and practice.”

What does all this mean?

Many times when a person hears the word “surgery” a million scary thoughts rush into their head. Seeing the accreditation logo at a facility can help calm their nerves because it means that they will have the highest level of quality and safety. That all of the equipment is appropriate for the surgery that will be performed. It means that the person receiving surgery will have qualified, trained and experienced staff supporting them along their journey. They will have a clean, and fully equipped surgery room. Making sure that all the Surgeons in our office are Anesthesia Certified by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Most importantly, in the case of an emergency, the patient will have adequate personnel and equipment that are able to respond to the emergency situation. At Summit we make it a key factor in our employee process to have every Doctor and surgical assistant is trained and certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Our Doctors even go the extra step to make sure they are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life support. The patient’s safety and the level of quality we provide is our number one concern. Focusing on this allows us to put our patient’s fears at ease.

Make sure that when choosing an oral surgeon that the facility is “board-certified” and accredited. Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has made sure they are “board-certified” and accredited to better serve the Metro-Detroit population.