The purpose of this study was to determine whether oral and maxillofacial surgery providers are screening patients for perioperative and postoperative risks related to OSA before office-based ambulatory anesthesia.
SurveyMonkey software (SurveyMonkey, San Mateo, CA) was used to distribute a survey to 1,658 community- and hospital-based OMS providers in the United States. A response rate of 17.4% (n = 288) was achieved. Results showed that most of the surveyed maxillofacial surgery providers are not screening pre-anesthesia patients for OSA with a quantifiable method such as the STOP-Bang questionnaire. These findings identify a need to investigate the rate of undiagnosed OSA syndrome in the OMS office-based ambulatory anesthesia patient population. The STOP-Bang questionnaire may be a useful tool to better assess for anesthesia risk and modify management accordingly.