Why an Initial Consultation?
At Cheyenne OMS we believe it's critical that we understand your health history before we operate. For this reason we will schedule a consultation session with you prior to surgery. This ensures that we provide you with the best possible care.
While we understand that you might be anxious to have your procedure performed as quickly as possible, we aren't willing to risk the possiblity that an important aspect of your medical history is not known to us prior to your operation.
Let's take the example of Marvin, a 60-something baby boomer who needs to have an dental implant. Marvin underwent raditional therapy previously for oral cancer.
This therapy would have altered the healing capacity of the bone into which we will be implanting the post for his new tooth. It will be important for us to a.) hear from Marvin about this treatment and b.) go back and talk to his oncologist to find out where exactly in his mouth he had the radiation treatment and how long ago and how much he had. This information helps us to decide thigs like whether to use hyperbaric oxygen treatment to speed up the healing process. A few additional examples of health issues that affect our approach to surgery include:
- A teenage wisdom tooth extraction candidate who has asthma and who requires close monitoring of pulmnonary status
- A diabetic patient whose blood-sugar levels require monitoring to ensure that they don't dip to critical levels during general anesthesia
Things to Bring to the Consultation
Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed 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
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your insurance cards or pertinent information. This will save time and allow us to process any claims for you.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A pre-operative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.
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 your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.