Normally, your initial appointment with us will be a consultation appointment, during which time we will spend a lot of time with you, explaining your diagnosis and the recommend treatment, reviewing your medical history, informing you what to expect during your recovery, and answering any questions you may have. Occasionally, procedures such as extractions and minor biopsies, can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history, or treatment plan, will first require an evaluation appointment, and then a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. For patients receiving IV Sedation during their surgery, a pre-operative evaluation appointment is mandatory, except in certain emergency situations.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
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 on any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)
All patients under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them with you. Even though you may have recent routine dental films, we frequently need to take a special x-ray called an orthopantomogram, or Panorex, to more carefully and fully evaluate your teeth and the surrounding bone. If additional films are necessary, we will take them at our office.
We have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray unit which takes x-rays at a greatly reduced radiation dose to the patient. These x-rays can be magnified to show particular areas of concern, and they can be sent electronically to your insurance carrier, which greatly expedites treatment reimbursement. These digital x-rays can also be sent electronically to your general dentist, so that he/she is always apprised of your ongoing treatment in our office.