Dr. William C. Storoe IV, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS), understands that a visit to his office isn’t just a “walk in the park.” He and his staff, however, work hard to make the experience as much like one as possible.
“I am a big fan of Disney World,” Dr. Storoe says. “When you visit Disney, their staff ensures that you have the best experience possible. Problems are resolved quickly and efficiently. I ask everyone in my office to put on their ‘Mickey ears.’”
As an OMS, Dr. Storoe specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions relating to aspects of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and face. The services he most often provides in his thriving practice include removing impacted or infected wisdom teeth, installing dental implants and bone grafting and treating oral and facial infections, pathologies and injuries. Many of these procedures can be performed with different levels of IV sedation or general anesthesia.
What sets OMS’ apart, he says, is the specialized training beyond that of general dentistry. “Residency training to become an OMS requires four or more years of intensive, postdoctoral, hospital-based surgical and medical training. OMS residents spend significant time rotating through related medical fields such as internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, surgical intensive care and emergency medicine. This is in addition to their extensive training in surgery of the oral and maxillofacial areas and anesthesia.”
Dr. Storoe runs an office-based surgical practice, and most procedures, including those requiring IV sedation or general anesthesia, can be performed right in the office. “I have many of the same capabilities as a hospital operating room or a surgery center—our patients are fully monitored during surgery and anesthesia,” he assures. “It is more efficient and cost effective to perform most oral surgery here at the office. However, when patient care dictates, I am on staff and hold privileges to perform surgery at NFRMC.”
Dr. Storoe has treated patients of all ages, all types and “all levels of apprehension.” And for patients who prefer a more holistic approach to their treatment, he has become very familiar with many alternative therapies. “We always accommodate patients with special needs or special requests,” he says.