Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation or examination. We will explain your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, routine surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide your planned treatment on another day. This allows us to evaluate your dental situation, intentions and expectations, medical status, and develop a treatment plan. Then we can determine the time required to complete your treatment and schedule a surgery appointment. A preoperative consultation and examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- If not previously forwarded to us by your dentist, the surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- Your most recent medical visit summary or transcript from your doctor’s office, if you have an involved health history.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring all insurance cards to your appointment. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
Regarding straightforward cases, we will attempt to complete simple procedures during your initial appointment, if possible. However, please be aware that usually you will need this initial evaluation to determine or confirm your diagnosis and to establish the treatment plan. Then we can determine the time required to complete your treatment and schedule a surgery appointment. A complex medical history or treatment plan usually requires a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
We try our best to stay on schedule to minimize your waiting. Due to the fact that we provide many types of oral surgery services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure.
Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medications (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays you may request that they mail or email them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary they can be taken at our facility.