What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? Why should I see one?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental professionals who have completed years of surgical training in addition to their dental degrees. After finishing dental school, an oral surgeon will continue their studies through a hands-on, hospital-based oral surgery residency program. Most programs last at least four years, and the surgeons learn advanced surgical techniques, anesthesia training, facial trauma management, and more.
Oral surgeons understand how to treat oral and facial conditions effectively while maintaining your appearance. Additionally, oral surgeons receive the highest anesthesia training of any dental professional, so you can rest assured that your procedure will be as safe and comfortable as possible.
Do I need a referral from a general dentist to schedule an appointment?
We do not require referrals for patients looking for oral surgery procedures, but seeing your dentist first can help avoid an unnecessary visit. Your dentist may be able to diagnose and treat your condition, and they will refer you to an oral surgeon for more complex procedures.
What happens during the consultation, and why do I need one?
We have consultation appointments with all of our patients before any procedure is done. The consultation appointment gives patients a chance to ask questions and consider all of their options before pursuing treatment. Our surgeons can also learn more about your oral health situation and medical history during this appointment. Knowing your health history and having a more accurate understanding of your condition is crucial for a successful procedure. If you need to have X-rays or scans, our staff can take them at the consultation appointment as well.
Can I eat before my procedure?
If you are only receiving a local anesthesia or nitrous oxide, allowing you to remain awake during your procedure, you may eat a light meal before your appointment. Patients who are undergoing IV sedation can have nothing to eat or drink for a minimum of eight hours prior to the procedure.
Can I stay with my child during surgery?
Parents are welcome to accompany their child before the procedure begins, and we will be happy to answer any parent questions during the consultation appointment. During surgery, OSHA regulations require that parents wait outside the surgery room until the procedure is over. Parents and other guests are welcome to stay in our waiting room during the surgery. We ask that a parent or guardian remain at our office until the procedure is complete — no drop-offs and pick-ups, please.
Will I be able to drive after my procedure?
If you receive IV sedation, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first few hours after surgery. You should not drive or operate machinery at any time on the day of surgery. Patients who only receive local anesthesia may drive home if they are comfortable.
What types of insurance are accepted?
We bill all insurance companies as a courtesy to our patients. Our staff will be able to print a full estimate of your costs with insurance when you come in for your consultation appointment. Feel free to review our Insurance Information page for a list of some of the dental and medical insurance companies we work with.