We are all busy, but a preoperative consultation is very important. During this time, set aside just for you, we evaluate your health history (previous surgery experience, allergies, medications, heart or breathing issues) and also do a thorough review and examination of you and your recent radiograph (x-ray).
"But it's just a tooth!" you say. First, tell me about your asthma, or blood thinners that you take for your heart condition. Health care is individualized in our office for you, the patient. Not everyone needs a consultation prior to minor treatment, but don't forget, we probably have never met you before and want to better understand your needs.
During your consultation, a safe plan is being developed to care for you! You see, your evaluation helps any oral surgeon to decide which anesthesia is best for your situation. Usually, removal of impacted (under the gum) teeth will require at least IV sedation or general anesthesia. The technique recommended by the surgeon will be discussed. You will have some say-so in this decision. But remember, your surgeon has much more experience safely handling situations like yours, and will recommend what is best for you.
Very detailed and specific verbal and written instructions will be given to you to review again the night before surgery. The consultation visit also is used for signing consent forms for the procedures, and also time for our insurance specialist to help you maximize your benefits and detail your expected out-of-pocket expense.
Consultations are not at all about charging an extra fee or wasting your precious time. They are all about great patient care, which starts with communication!