So, You Have Been Referred To An Oral Surgeon
There comes a time in nearly every adult’s life that they are referred to an oral surgeon. While this can seem scary at first, we at Sedaros Oral Surgery can assure you, you are in great hands. Most people are referred to us by their general dentists or orthodontists as teenagers to extract wisdom teeth. Others, by their periodontists, or other surgeons to repair damage to alveolar and facial bones due to periodontal disease or trauma respectively. If you have been referred to our Melbourne, Florida oral surgery practice, here is a little of what you can expect.
The First Visit
The first visit to an oral surgeon is very much about evaluation and consultation. Dr. Sedaros will require as much information as possible to begin addressing your situation and planning how to treat the dental issues that brought you to his office. Please bring:
- Your referral slip from the previous doctor. This note is very important as it includes your current dentist’s, or doctor’s, notes and possible suggestions. With this slip, Dr. Sedaros will have a very good idea of what has been done, why your current doctor believes the expertise of an oral surgeon is necessary, and will be able to foster an ongoing relationship with your doctor in order to discover any other information about your past and current case.
- It is also important that you bring a list of all the medications you are currently taking. This is extremely important to us because it can have a massive impact on your surgery and recovery. Many medications are not meant to be mixed with one another, especially with general anesthesia. In order for our anesthesiologist and oral surgeon to develop the best and most efficient approach to your oral condition, it is crucial that they have knowledge of all your current prescriptions.
- Lastly, it is important to bring with you all of your dental insurance information. Oral surgery is often covered by insurances and having this information will allow our office to begin processing a claim. Getting the paperwork out of the way as soon as possible saves time and hassle.
After Dr. Sedaros and his caring team have received all the aforementioned information, he can begin his physical examination. He will not only examine the affected area or concern but also the surrounding bone tissue and musculature. Most oral issues do not mind their own business, so to speak. They often cause systemic problems that can affect the entire body. For example, impacted wisdom teeth can begin to shift the rest of the teeth causing a malocclusion. This increases the risk of chipped teeth and dental decay as well as difficulties eating and speaking correctly. Further if the upper wisdom teeth make their way into the sinus cavity, many problems can result. By understanding the whole picture, Dr. Sedaros is able to best treat your condition.
Another reason that this consultation is so important is because surgery is no small occurrence in a person’s life. Dr. Sedaros uses this consultation to not only learn about your condition and medical history as a patient, but to learn about you as a person as well. Building trust is extremely important for our team, and a major reason we practice oral surgery to our high standards. Using this time to discuss what you do for a living, and learning about your family can also have an impact on your course of treatment. Dr. Sedaros can help you find the time to recover and how to best speed up your recovery so you can get back to living your life as soon as possible.
The final, and most important, thing you will get out of your first visit is the confidence and assurance that when you come back to our Melbourne, Florida oral surgery practice you will be ready for your procedure, no matter how routine or complex it is. Taking the time to learn about your condition, history, and life makes all the difference when it comes to treating our patients. We also believe that by providing this informative first meeting prepares our patients for high quality oral surgery and comfortable recovery period.
If you have have been referred to Sedaros Oral Surgery for a procedure and have questions, please don’t hesitate to call and ask. We cannot wait to meet you and show you how oral surgery should be.