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  • Writer's pictureDr. Porchia James

What to Ask Your Oral Surgeon on Your First Visit

Oral and facial surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the mouth, jaws, face, and neck. They are trained to perform a variety of procedures, including wisdom tooth extraction, implant placement, and jaw surgery.

If you are scheduled to see an oral and facial surgeon for the first time, you may be feeling nervous or unsure of what to expect. Here are some questions to ask your surgeon to help you feel more informed and prepared for your appointment.

Questions about the procedure

  • What is the name of the procedure I am scheduled for?

  • Why is this procedure necessary?

  • What are the alternatives to this procedure?

  • What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?

  • How long will the procedure take?

  • What will happen during the procedure?

  • What type of anesthesia will be used?

  • What are the recovery instructions?

  • What should I expect in terms of pain and discomfort?

  • What are the signs and symptoms of complications?

Questions about your medical history

  • Do I need to bring any of my medical records to the appointment?

  • Are there any medications or supplements I should stop taking before the procedure?

  • Do I have any allergies?

  • Have I ever had any other surgeries or medical procedures?

  • Do I have any family history of medical conditions?

Questions about your insurance

  • Does my insurance cover the procedure?

  • What is my copay or deductible?

  • What is the out-of-pocket cost for the procedure?

Additional questions

  • What is your experience performing this procedure?

  • What is your success rate for this procedure?

  • What are your office hours?

  • How can I reach you after hours if I have questions or concerns?

It is also important to bring a list of your medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, to your appointment. You should also wear loose-fitting clothing that is easy to remove.

By asking these questions, you can feel more confident and informed about your upcoming procedure. Be sure to take notes during your appointment so that you can remember the important information.

Here are some additional tips for your first visit to an oral and facial surgeon:

  • Arrive early for your appointment so that you have time to fill out paperwork.

  • Bring a list of your questions.

  • Wear comfortable clothing.

  • Be prepared to talk about your medical history.

  • Let your surgeon know if you have any concerns about the procedure.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you get the most out of your first visit to an oral and facial surgeon.

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