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Frequently Asked Questions

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first visit, you will receive a warm welcome from our clinical care team; then, they will lead you to your consultation room. In this room, you will meet one-on-one with your oral surgeon. Your surgeon will perform a physical examination, review X Rays (3D CT scans) from your regular dentist, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the different available treatment options in detail.

For your first visit, ensure you bring your Photo ID, Dental Insurance Card, or other relevant information about your benefits. Additionally, you can save time by completing your patient information form online prior to coming in.

Treatment Questions

We can provide several anesthesia options, determined by the nature of the procedure as well as your level of anxiety. We offer local anesthesia to all patients, and oral sedation, nitrous gas, and IV sedation are also options. Your comfort and safety are always our top priorities.

Depending on your procedure, you may need to take off one or two days. We will provide more specific guidelines during your initial consultation and recovery and aftercare instructions before discharge.

For the first 24-48 hours, it is best to stick with cool liquids and soft foods, such as ice cream, smoothies, shakes, yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup, and overcooked pasta, among others.  Also, avoid anything hard, hot, spicy, or with small seeds to promote healing.

In the weeks following your surgery, you can gradually resume your regular diet. We recommend a balanced healthy diet including proteins, healthy fats, healthy carbohydrates, and dairy. 

You can typically start gently rinsing after 24-36 hours with warm salt water. Avoid rinsing, swishing, and spitting for the first 24 hours to prevent dry socket and clot disruption.

Most oral surgery procedures will result in some sutures. These sutures typically dissolve on their own within a few days, promoting quick and comfortable recovery.

When necessary, your oral surgeon will prescribe an antibiotic. Take antibiotics as directed to minimize your risk of infection.

Most patients only need over-the-counter remedies, such as Advil® and Tylenol®. If you need something stronger to ensure a comfortable recovery, your oral surgeon can prescribe it.

We recommend brushing and flossing as usual but skipping over the site of your procedure for the first 48 hours.

For the first 24-48 hours after your procedure, we recommend applying an ice pack for 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off. Icing the area can mitigate swelling and expedite your recovery.

We strongly urge you not to smoke before or after your procedure. Smoking can impede your healing, extend your recovery, or compromise your surgical results.

It is normal to have some bleeding for the first 24 hours after surgery. You can apply pressure with gauze or moist tea bags at the surgical site to control bleeding. If the bleeding persists or is more than anticipated, please call our office directly.

Financial Policies

Our practice accepts multiple forms of payment, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, CareCredit®, debit cards, personal checks, cash, and ACH, among others. We are happy to further discuss your individual needs at our office.

We are happy to bill your insurance on your behalf. Depending on your policy, you may be required to pay a copay at the time of your visit. For pre-approved surgeries, your insurance may require you to pay the patient portion during your visit.

We do offer multiple payment options, including CareCredit®. We are happy to provide more information about these services at our office or over the phone.

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