Initial Consultation Appointment
Please assist us by bringing with you the following items for your initial consultation appointment:
- A referral slip from your general dentist listing recommended surgical treatment and x-ray(s) taken by your dentist
- A list of all medications you are presently taking including over the counter medications and supplements
- Insurance cards for any medical and dental insurance(s), including secondary insurances
- Photo ID for identification purposes (driver's license, school ID, work ID, government-issued ID, etc.)
If your dentist or physician has taken x-ray(s), please ask your dentist to forward them to our office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or US Postal Service. X-rays cannot be faxed to our office. If there is not enough time for this to happen, please pick up the x-ray(s) and bring them with you to our office. If additional x-rays are deemed necessary at your consultation, they can be taken at our office or can be ordered for you.
Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation, if deemed appropriate. However, if it is discovered that you have a complex medical history and/or a complicated treatment plan requested by your general dentist, it will require that you undergo evaluation only at the initial appointment and then return for a second appointment to provide treatment on that day.
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, artificial joint replacements, rheumatic fever, use of bisphosphonates, blood thinners such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Eliquis, Pradaxa, Xarelto, etc.) or if you are currently taking any other prescribed medications. For patients taking Coumadin, recent INR blood testing will be needed, if not already performed by your physician, to evaluate your level of anticoagulation. These conditions and/or medications may alter the ability to treat you in a timely fashion. Many medications can adversely interact with what could be provided to you during surgery or for post-operative prescriptions.
A medical clearance from your physician may also be necessary, pending the results of your consultation, that will need to be received in writing from your physician prior to scheduling your surgery.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the consultation and at surgery to sign the consent for surgery, or treament cannot be provided. Legal guardians must provide guardianship papers from the court to certify the ability to sign for the patient.
Residents 18 years or older from institutions, extended care facilities or nursing homes that cannot legally sign for themselves must also be accompanied by their legal guardian for consultation and surgery.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is necessary for patients undergoing IV anesthesia prior to scheduling surgery. On the day of your IV sedation treatment, please have nothing to eat or drink from midnight or at least eight hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult escort to remain at our office until you have adequately recovered from the anesthesia to drive you home.