First Visit

Scheduling First VisitFor many patients, your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation, depending upon the type of procedure and medical history of the patient. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Your surgical referral slip from your dentist and any x-rays if applicable.
  • A list of medications you are presently taking.
  • If you have a complicated medical history, please bring a list of previous hospitalizations and surgical procedures.
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that a parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 years of age at the consultation visit.

General Anesthesia Precautions: If you choose to undergo IV sedation or general anesthesia for surgery, please have nothing to eat or drink, including water, six hours prior to your surgery. If you have an afternoon surgery, you could have toast and juice (no dairy products or other food) seven hours before surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home and take care of you for several hours after surgery. If you are fasting for general anesthesia, please ask us if you should take your morning medications as we may want you to take some of these medicines on the morning of surgery. Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing.

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, cancer, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, chemotherapy etc.). We may want you to take several of your morning medications on the morning of surgery. Please ask us if you should take them.

X-Rays

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, please request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility. Please note that we can only accept radiographs that are taken within the last year and that show the entire tooth or area of concern.

CT Scans

Our practice was the first practice in the area to utilize state-of-the-art, cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology for the diagnosis, planning and treatment in oral and maxillofacial surgery. This technology provides, highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment in orthodontics, dental implants, TMJ analysis, and orthognathic surgery and other dental procedures. Undistorted, anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth and facial bones along with cross-sectional, axial, coronal, sagittal, cephalometric and panoramic views are easily generated. Three-dimensional images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D, traditional dental technologies.

CAT FLX Machine

Our first office CT scanner was purchased in 2006. It produced excellent images with approximately 1/10th of the dose of radiation as a hospital grade scanner. We just purchased a new CT scanner, which will provide even better images with even less radiation than our original machine. This is an example of our commitment to provide innovative, high quality, patient care.