Accepting New Patients
What to Expect During Your First Consultation Visit
Your initial appointment will typically consist of a thorough medical history, examination and consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation followed by a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. You can expedite your visit by completing these online forms prior to your appointment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, please bring the corresponding cards or provide us with the mailing addresses, group policy numbers and subscription information for your insurance companies. This will save time and allow us to help process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the consultation visit.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink six hours prior to your surgery. You will also need a responsible adult to drive you home.
Please alert our office well in advance if you have any medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, bleeding disorder, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulation therapy such as Coumadin, warfarin, etc.) or any changes in medical condition or medications since your last visit to our office. Please inform our staff if you have been told that you must take antibiotics before a dental appointment.
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office by mail or email. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they typically can be taken at our facility.
3-D CONE BEAM CT Scans
If it is determined that CT (computed tomography) radiographic images are necessary for your diagnosis, treatment planning and surgery, your 3-D CT Scan can be performed on-site with state-of-the-art PLANMECA 3-D Cone Beam CT. If required, this imaging can provide refined radiographs for diagnosis and treatment planning for implant surgery and pre-surgical evaluation for other oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. Anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth and facial bones with cross-sectional, axial, coronal, and sagittal views are easily generated in addition to 3-D reconstruction.
Please call us at Scripps Medical Building, Carmel Valley Phone Number 858-793-3393 to make an appointment, or with any questions or concerns.