Oral surgeons perform a variety of procedures in the mouth. These procedures address common dental issues and can be done on an outpatient basis. In many cases, you can return to normal activities within a few days. Your oral surgeon will give you specific recovery time details so that you can prepare accordingly. Your healthcare provider will prescribe you medications to keep you comfortable during the recovery process. Your oral surgeon will provide you with sedation options. You may choose to have general anesthesia or IV sedation. Based on your medical history and the nature of the procedure, your oral surgeon will determine the best option for you. You should make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure. Also, you should schedule a day off from work the day of your surgery to recuperate from the anesthetic. Oral surgeons are skilled in the use of modern surgical technologies to provide superior care to their patients. These advanced procedures can improve the health of the mouth and jaw joints, easing painful symptoms and improving overall quality of life. Additionally, oral surgeons specialize in various areas of head and neck surgery, including facial plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and general otolaryngology. They also treat conditions of the larynx and sinuses. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Wald went on to study dentistry at the Columbia College of Dental and Oral Surgery. His advanced training in this field helped him to create new techniques for grafting and the use of fibrin foam and thrombin in the resection of large mandibular tumors. He also served in the United States Air Force and eventually opened a cosmetic practice in midtown Manhattan.