Should I be referred by a dentist before scheduling an appointment at Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
You do not have to have a referral to make an appointment at our office! Feel free to give us a call and one of our staff members would be happy to help you schedule an appointment; however, it should be noted that seeing your general dentist before coming into an oral surgeon can help you avoid unnecessary visits.
Why do I need a pre-surgery consultation appointment?
Even if you have been referred for a certain procedure, it is always a good idea to have a pre-surgery consultation appointment. The consultation and exam give you a chance to discuss all of your treatment options in a safe, comfortable environment before undergoing surgery. The consultation is also where you will receive a comprehensive oral exam, allowing our oral surgeons to review your condition, form a diagnosis, and create a custom treatment plan for your condition. You will also have a chance to discuss your anesthesia options and recovery instructions.
Will I need to have X-rays taken?
Yes. Most patients will need to have either X-rays or 3D scans taken before surgery. If your dentist has already taken X-rays, those scans can be sent to our office before your appointment, or you can bring your scans with you to the consultation. If no scans have been taken, our staff may take scans to help form your treatment plan.
May I eat before I come in for surgery?
You cannot eat anything for a minimum of eight hours before your procedure if you are receiving IV anesthesia. For procedures that only require a local anesthetic, you may eat a light meal before your procedure.
Can I stay in the room with my child during surgery?
Parents are allowed to accompany their children to the surgery to ask the doctor questions, but they must remain in the waiting room during the actual procedure because of OSHA regulations and patient safety protocol.
Will I be able to drive myself home after surgery?
If you receive IV anesthesia, you will not be able to drive after your surgery. You will need a responsible adult to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home after the procedure. This person should also stay with you at home for a few hours after the surgery. If you only receive local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide, you will be able to drive yourself home from your procedure.
What types of insurance are accepted at Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
As a courtesy to our patients, we bill all insurance companies. We participate with Cigna Dental and Medicaid 20 and under. Consult with your insurance company if you have specific coverage-related questions before your consultation appointment.
If you have any other questions regarding your treatment or our practice, contact our office. One of our staff members will be happy to help you.