Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Typically, surgery is not performed the same day as the consultation. Many aspects influence same day treatment, such as:
- A complex medical history or treatment plan
- Schedule availability
- A medical clearance from your primary care physician, or cardiologist is requested for coordination of treatment–many patients on blood thinners, such as Plavix, may require a short period of time off your prescription prior to treatment
- Some insurances do not allow same day treatment
- Some medical or pathology appointments require a pre-auth for surgery from your medical insurance
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip from your general dentist
- X-rays taken within the past 6 months
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- A list of specialists you are currently seeing for treatment- Cardiologist, Endocrinologist, Oncologist, etc
- If you have medical and/or dental insurance, bring a copy of your insurance cards and your photo ID for check in. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit and surgery.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery.
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.).
We always take our own Panorex X-ray in office at each dental consultation since we are performing a surgical, cutting procedure and this is included in your consultation fee. We take an up to date Panorex X-ray to ensure the most accurate location of the teeth and anatomy of the nerves, etc prior to surgery for your safety and health. This also prevents errors in the delivery of patient records and ensures we’re evaluating the correct patient and medical condition as well as the ability to compare your present condition with your past X-rays to observe any abnormal changes.