Whether you’re in need of wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, bone grafting, biopsy in the mouth or any other oral and maxillofacial procedure, many people feel anxious with the idea of vising an oral surgeon. If you’re feeling nervous, knowing what will happen during your appointment can help put your mind at ease. Here is some information what to expect during a consultation appointment with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
WHY DO I NEED A CONSULTATION?
You just had a consultation with your dentist and your dentist specifically indicated the required treatment on your referral slip. You may be asking yourself why you need a consultation. Your oral surgeon will want to have more specific information about your complete medical health. You’ll be asked about your health history, past and current medications, details on your drug allergies, previous surgeries etc. It is critical to get all the information accurately to plan your treatment and minimize the potential risks and surgical complications.
EXAMINATION AND X-RAYS
Next, your oral surgeon will perform an examination, visually inspecting your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw to better understand your oral health situation.
Your oral surgeon will also need diagnostic images such as x-rays, CT scans that provide three-dimensional pictures. X-rays and CT scans are crucial to diagnose the problem and planning your treatment.
TREATMENT PLAN DISCUSSIONS
Once all the diagnostic information is placed, your oral surgeon will decide what approach to take for your treatment.
You’ll sit down with your surgeon to discuss the details, including the diagnosis, your treatment options, treatment timeline and sedation options. The good thing is you can choose what kind of sedation you would like to have.
PREPARING TO YOUR CONSULTATION APPOINTMENT
- Make sure that your x-rays, CT scan, and referral are being forwarded to our office before your appointment.
- Consultation appointment is the time you’ll ask your questions and concerns. Please make a list of questions as you may forget to address some of your concerns.
- Bring your list of medications with dosages.