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We found 4 oral surgeons who accept Humana Open Access near Kansas City, MO.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2301 Holmes Street; Dt&c Building
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Robert Nadeau practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Kansas City, MO. He is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Health (M Health). Dr. Nadeau honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2101 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Brett Ferguson works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Ferguson's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Dr. Thaer A Daifallah
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2301 Holmes; Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Thaer Daifallah's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Daifallah is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2301 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Scott Barber specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Kansas City, MO. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barber honors.

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What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty providing surgical care for the mouth and jaw. It is unusual in that it is a hybrid specialty combining the professional education of both dentists and medical doctors. The path to becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or simply ‘oral surgeon,’ begins with graduating from dental school. The dentist then attends a surgical residency in a hospital, learning general surgical techniques alongside other physicians.

While many routine oral issues can be treated by a dentist, there are some that require specialized surgical care. Some of the procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include:
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Dental implants
  • Corrective surgery for facial deformities
  • Repair of facial trauma
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate surgery
  • TMJ surgery
  • Orthognathic surgery (jaw alignment)
  • Sleep apnea surgery

Some of these procedures are also performed by otolaryngologists or ENTs. There is quite a bit of overlap between the two specialties, and in many cases both will be qualified to perform a specific surgery. In general, oral surgeons are more likely to perform surgeries related to the mouth and jaw, such as wisdom tooth removal or TMJ surgery; whereas ENTs are more likely to handle cancers. However, areas of specialization are truly dependent on the individual physician.

One unusually convenient fact about oral and maxillofacial surgeons is that they are highly trained in the use of sedation and anesthesia, more so than any other doctors except anesthesiologists. This means that they are able to perform surgeries such as the removal of wisdom teeth on an outpatient basis in their office, without the need for an additional anesthesiologist on staff.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons combine surgical expertise with their knowledge of dentistry to provide serious care for the structures of the jaw and face.