Why Oral Surgery Consultations Are Imperative
We’re often asked how important, or necessary, is it to have a consultation before an oral surgery procedure. After all, most our patients lead busy lives and would love to save the time and money on one less appointment, especially if we’ve already got their dental records.
A consultation is necessary even if the procedure is simple and straightforward because the patient may have medical conditions, including allergies, of which we need to be aware. The fact of the matter is that most oral surgery treatments are somewhat complex, as it occurs underneath the gum, which can’t be seen and requires an evaluation and x-rays to ensure the best possible outcome.
Oral surgery and Customized Treatment Plans
Complex oral surgeries are tailored to the needs of our patients, and since every patient is unique, each oral surgical procedure is one of a kind.
When designing a treatment plan for extractions, wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, and dental implant placement, we consider all health issues you may have, medications you take, such as blood thinners, and medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, that may add extra steps prior to being a candidate for your surgery.
Oral Surgery and Anesthesia
Most of our patients would never dream of undergoing oral surgery without some form of anesthesia.
We spend ample time at the consultation discussing medical conditions and medications as these could potentially conflict with certain sedatives. This alone emphasizes the value of a consultation.
We discuss various sedation techniques to ensure your comfort, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. We will explore which would be most beneficial and safe for you and your needs, so that when you arrive for surgery, everything is ready to go because we prepare for your surgery in advance.
Oral Surgery and Preparation
In order to give you the best possible treatment options, Dr. Valiente reviews your recent x-rays and records and sometimes may request new x-rays which would be taken at the consultation.
X-rays enable us to see what is underneath your gum—where the issue typically exists. For example, there are 6 different types of wisdom teeth positions, and each one calls for a different type of extraction, specific tools, and different levels of difficulty. Our x-ray equipment in our office is high tech/low radiation, and we can gather all pertinent information right there during the consultation.
Once he’s reviewed all aspects of your case, Dr. Valiente explains his recommendations for treatment. And then when a treatment plan has been established, he can prepare for the procedure.
Oral Surgery and Pre-Op
Every oral surgery has a pre-op protocol that must be followed to ensure best results. Dr. Valiente will discuss with you the importance of stopping smoking, discontinuing certain medications after consultation with your physician, fasting for several hours before surgery, and any other prep which may apply to your situation.
Oral Surgery and Financing
Once Dr. Valiente has created a treatment plan for you, his staff discusses payment and insurance options at the time of the consultation. We do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental, and in some cases, medical insurance. We also submit your insurance forms for you to help reach the maximum reimbursement to which you are entitled.
Ready to schedule a consultation?
If you want a guarantee that all bases have been covered and you’re in the best possible hands, a pre-surgery consultation is a must. Dr. Valiente and our entire team are committed to delivering the safest and most comfortable care. It is our goal to have you feel secure in the treatment you receive. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.