What To Expect: Your First Visit To MyCenters
Scheduling Your First Visit
The Carolinas Center for Dental Implant Surgery is open from Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Consultation appointments are usually in the afternoon as the morning appointments are reserved for our surgical patients. We will make every attempt to schedule your appointment in a timely and convenient manner.
Our doctors maintain daily schedules, which consist of in-office as well as hospital-based procedures. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. Should this occur, we appreciate your understanding and patience.
During the summer months and at Christmas Break, wisdom tooth consults come in high volumes of demand because of school vacation. If calling to schedule your consultation, please have several dates in mind for your surgery in order to help us accommodate your schedule.
When you call our office to make an appointment we will make every effort to accommodate your schedule, but please understand we have guidelines we follow in order to maintain efficiency and keep our fees as low as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment you will need the items listed below, or your can click here to fill out a request form and someone from our office will contact you to confirm your appointment.
In order to schedule your appointment promptly, please have the following information available:
- Patient’s first and last name
- Home, cell or work number
- Date of birth
- Have you been seen previously by any of our doctors?
- Type of consultation
- Office location
- Name of doctor you are requesting to see, if you have a specific request
- Referring dentist or orthodontist (referral slip and x-ray)
- Medical and/or dental insurance information
Your First Visit: Initial Consultation
Once you have confirmed your appointment date with our staff, you’ll visit one of our offices on the day of and be asked to fill out some medical forms. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time if you are a first-time patient to allow time for the information you’ll be asked to provide. To speed things up, you may download the forms beforehand and fill out, or use our online registration portal to submit your information electronically.
Your initial consultation with your oral surgeon will consist of a thorough examination and an explanation of your diagnosis and treatment options.
We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of patient care, everyone from our doctors to our staff has excellent chair-side manners!
Occasionally, surgery can be performed on the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking. You will sign a patient consent form.
- If you have medical or dental insurance you’d like to use, bring the necessary forms and your insurance information. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery.
Your First Visit: Pre-Surgery
Prior to your surgery, please refrain from eating or drink for eight hours prior to your surgery time. You will also need an adult to drive you home. We have a separate patient entrance, family waiting rooms and private elevators to assist patients who may require it.
IMPORTANT: Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc).
If not consulting with patients on treatment options, our oral surgeons are either in surgery or asked by a hospital to make an emergency visit. If any unforeseen circumstances come up, we will promise to keep you informed and updated on your options. Patients under anesthesia are always our top concern!
X-Rays & Medical Records
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays or you have medical records from your previous dentist or oral surgeon, you may request that they forward them to our office via fax or email.
If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office on your first visit. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at on location.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires an additional 4-6 years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our doctors manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. They practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Our staff is trained in assisting with Intravenous (IV) sedation or outpatient general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.
The surgical staff are experienced, certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist in the administration of IV sedation and surgery. All staff are informed administrative personnel, well-versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified.
Informed Consent Info
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