Your First Visit
Your initial appointment will often consist of a consultation explaining your condition and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed on the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may 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 first visit:
- You can download, fill and sign our online registration form. Bring this with you on your first visit.
- Your referral slip from the doctor who referred you – This is an important communication tool between doctors to avoid any confusion with the treatment plan that you and your dentist have agreed upon.
- Your x-rays – If your dentist has referred you for treatment, their office will often have x-rays that we can use. For best diagnostic quality, they must be less than 6 months old. Please try to contact their office prior to our appointment and ask them to mail or email it to us.
- Your medical/dental insurance cards
- Your driver’s license or other valid government-issued photo identification
- We encourage you to bring a written list of all the medications you are currently taking.
All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all visits including surgery and post-operative visits.
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any paperwork needed.
IMPORTANT: If you are scheduled to undergo IV anesthesia, please review our pre-op and post-op instructions. Please make sure that you do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to accompany you and escort you back home.
Please alert the office if you have any medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery or if you are taking any of the following medications. It is important that you take any medications as prescribed by your physician on the day of your appointment. Do not skip medications unless specifically told to by your physician or our surgeons. Failing to take your prescribed medications could result in the cancellation of your appointment. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to call us prior to your appointment for clarification.
- If you need antibiotic premedication prior to the procedure
- Heart medications
- Blood thinners/anticoagulants – If you are taking Coumadin (warfarin), Plavix (Clopidogrel), or Ticlid (Ticlopidine), you will need to contact the prescribing doctor to see if you should stop taking the medication prior to oral surgery. In all cases, we defer to the judgment of the treating physician.
- Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis
Diabetes can be a complicated disease and can also significantly impact how you are treated in the oral surgery office. Please read the following instructions closely.
- Please check your blood sugar as you normally would prior to your appointment. Write down the reading and bring it with you to your appointment.
- If you do not know the value of your most recent HbA1c test, please call your physician.
- Try to schedule the morning appointment.
- It is very important that you maintain the same morning routine for food and medications as you would on any other day unless told otherwise by your medical doctor.
- If you are being treated with IV anesthesia, you will need to fast from midnight till your appointment. Please contact your medical doctor to discuss if any modification is necessary regarding your medication schedule.