Patient Information

Background

Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires up to 6 additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training after graduating from dental school. Oral Surgeons are extensively trained in maxillofacial trauma, facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, preprosthetic surgery, aesthetic maxillofacial surgery, craniofacial surgery, exodontia and other surgery as it pertains to the specialty.

Consultation

Before surgery the doctor will examine your mouth and discuss the findings with you. This examination will include x-rays and a complete health/medical history with particular attention to allergies, medications or health problems that might affect surgery and/or the administration of anesthesia. The doctor will examine your mouth for any signs of swelling or infection, and check your blood pressure and other vital signs. It is important that you provide complete information, including the names and dosage of all medications you are taking, so an accurate assessment of your health can be established prior to recommending surgery.

Anesthesia

Modern anesthesia technology now makes it possible to perform even complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office with little or no discomfort. During surgery, one or more of the following is used to control pain and anxiety: Local anesthesia that numbs the surgical area; nitrous oxide-oxygen (sometimes called “laughing gas”) for analgesia to relax you; intravenous sedation for increased relaxation; and general anesthesia that puts you to sleep. The surgeon will discuss the available anesthetic options and will recommend the most appropriate choice to ensure your comfort during the procedure. In addition, practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons must comply with individual state rules and regulations on anesthesia administration. As a member of AAOMS, our doctors must periodically undergo an onsite anesthesia inspection and reevaluation as part of association’s office anesthesia evaluation program. AAOMS requirements are strict and often exceed those mandated by the state law.

Financial Info

We prefer not to send bills because the cost of paperwork and postage affects our fees. If you have insurance, we file your forms promptly, and request that you pay your portion when services are rendered. You may pay by Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.  For your convenience we also accept Care Credit. (http://www.carecredit.com)

Insurance Information

We request that you bring your insurance card and forms with you. Insurance plans vary and may cover from zero to 100 percent of your dental, medical, and surgical costs. You are responsible for any amount not covered by your plan. If your insurance plan pays you directly, please know that payment may take up to three months. We will be happy to help you complete and submit your forms, but you should address any questions or complaints regarding your coverage to your insurance carrier.

Scheduling For General Anesthesia Or Sedation

THE EVENING BEFORE SURGERY:

1.  Eat a light dinner.

2.  Get a good night’s rest

3. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT

THE DAY OF SURGERY:

1.  DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING

2.  A RELATIVE OR FRIEND MUST ACCOMPANY YOU HOME. Do not plan on driving a car or returning to work after intravenous anesthesia.

3.  Wear short sleeve clothing.

4.  Minors MUST be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.

5. REFRAIN from alcohol and tobacco products, marijuana and vape products the morning of the surgery.

6. Please remove ALL nail polish from fingernails and any artificial nails.

NOTE:  Please notify the office of any change in health: i.e.: stomach upset, cough, cold, or post nasal drainage prior to surgery appointment.

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