At this first appointment, the oral surgeon will review your medical history and treatment options. Complex medical histories, treatment plans and/or IV sedation or general anesthesia require surgery scheduled for another day. The oral surgeon will also discuss pre-operative and post-operative instructions to reduce your chances of complications. The initial consultation is a great opportunity to ask any questions, discuss financials and address concerns.
It’s also important to note that patients who are minors (under age 18) must be accompanied to the consultation and/or surgery by a parent or legal guardian.
In preparation for your first appointment, you will need to bring certain information and documents with you. You’ll want to have your referral handy, along with your list of medications and proof of dental or medical insurance and a valid identification, if applicable.
All of the requested information, in addition to the data gathered at the consultation, is necessary in planning your course of treatment. For example, your oral surgeon will want to be aware of your medications to prevent any potentially negative interactions between medicines.
A cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan may also be used in your case. This valuable diagnostic tool provides three dimensional images that offer a realistic view of the patient’s anatomy. Cone beam CT scans are the most advanced imaging technology available to dental professionals today. In some cases they may need to be done in a hospital setting and this can be set up by the oral surgeon’s office for your convenience.
Your oral surgeon will also give you a list of instructions on preparing for the day of the surgery. You may be asked to fast for 8 hours prior to the surgery and have a ride available to stay with you at your surgery appointment. Full preoperative instructions will be given to you for your review as well.