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Why Choose an Oral Surgeon?

Oral surgeons are the experts when it comes to oral and facial surgery. They undergo many additional years of training beyond dental school to perform a wide scope of services.

General dentists typically have a dental degree, which allows them to perform general dentistry and minor surgical procedures, like simple tooth extractions. However, when a patient requires more complex treatment, dentists refer their patients to an oral surgeon. Other than anesthesiologists, oral surgeons are the only healthcare professionals who administer all levels of sedation and general anesthesia.

After completing dental school, oral surgeons take part in a residency program. During this time, they gain hands-on surgical experience in a hospital-based setting and receive training in safely administering anesthesia. Some further their expertise by also earning a medical degree (MD), like Dr. Barefoot.

Your Oral Surgery Expert in Mount Pleasant

Dr. Barefoot is a dual-degree oral surgeon. He is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Oral surgeons must undergo a rigorous peer evaluation process to become certified by presenting and maintaining the required credentials, knowledge, and experience in the field.

Dr. Barefoot is also a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). This organization represents over 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the US and supports members through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS members are held to a high set of standards and must comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office evaluations.

In addition to these prestigious achievements, Dr. Barefoot has many additional accomplishments that demonstrate his high level of expertise, including:

  • Hinman Scholarship (2003)
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society (2004)
  • UNC School Of Dentistry (2000–2004)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (2000)
  • NC Dental Alumni Scholarship (2002)
  • Several publications, including Third Molar Trials (2003–2004) and Feasibility of Incorporating Microvascular Reconstruction in Private Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice (2004)

When it comes to your oral health, come and see Dr. Barefoot and his team of specialists who are dedicated to providing you with beneficial treatment and a remarkable patient experience. Contact our office in Mount Pleasant, SC, today to schedule an appointment.