First Visit: Oral Surgery Consultation
Please make sure to bring your loved one who helps you make your decisions, plans your schedules and helps you with your finances. We can efficiently schedule you with the help of your supporters.
Why do I need a consult? Why can’t I just walk in and do the surgery under general anesthesia?
As a specialist, we understand you may have seen your General Dentist many times before us, but you will be seeing us for the first time. It is recommended to have a referral from your dentist to avoid any miscommunication.
To have predictable, successful outcomes of our surgery, consultation includes:
- review your chief complaint and the history of the complaint
- review your medical history, medication and other relevant information
- review your x-ray (This is a very important step to our surgical planning)
- perform a clinical exam (This is an in-office exam)
A diagnosis is made with all of this information.
If you have treatment options, it is our professional duty to go over all of them with you.
Risks and benefits of doing the treatment surgery are presented by OMSNIC and your surgeon.
The financial costs are also reviewed in detail at this consult to ensure you are comfortable on all fronts to move forward.
You then schedule a reasonable time for surgery where you will be able to recover without stress.
Occasionally and if all circumstances are good, then surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or prescribed treatment may require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
We are governed by safety and quality of care which we will not compromise on.
If your dentist or physician has taken a panoramic x-ray within the last six months you may request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary for diagnosis and treatment planning, they can be taken at our office.
A panorex x-ray allows us to view the entire jaw structure, teeth, inferior alveolar nerve canal, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), nasal bones, sinuses and orbits.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip from your dentist, if applicable
- Panorex x-ray, taken within the year, if available.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- 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: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the consultation visit.