New Patient FormsWhen you are ready to begin, click the "Online Registration Form" button below. A simple question and answer process will commence. After you have completed the interview, the patient information collected is securely encrypted and sent to our office.
On your first visit to our office, we will have your completed form available for your signature. The security and privacy of your personal data is one of our primary concerns and we have taken every precaution to protect it.
Surgical Instructions for DFW Oral Surgeons
PRE-SURGICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEDATION OR GENERAL ANESTHESIA:1. Do not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least six hours before surgery.
2. Drink plenty of water each day for 2 days prior to your surgery and drink a full glass of water the night before your surgery prior to midnight.
3. Patients taking medications may do so as early in the morning as possible, with only small sips of water.
4. Morning patients should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.
5. Afternoon patients may have a small breakfast such as toast and juice/coffee/tea before 7AM, but no meat or dairy products. Then, nothing at all until surgery.
6. Someone over the age of 18 must be present during the procedure and must drive the patient home when sedation or general anesthesia is used.
7. Do not wear hard contact lenses: wear only minimal make-up and do not wear dark nail polish.
8. Please wear comfortable short-sleeved clothing, long pants and low-heeled shoes. Do not wear flip flops, sandals or pants made of slick fabric.
9. Plan to relax the day of surgery.
*Please be reminded each case varies so please consult our office with specific questions or concerns that are related to your treatment. Additionally, we will go over pre-surgical instructions during your pre-surgical evaluation. *
POST-SURGICAL INSTRUCTIONS:1. While you are numb have only soft foods and drinks that are warm or cold - nothing hot.
2. Eat before taking the pain medication or antibiotic. Taking the medication on an empty stomach can cause upset.
3. Do not smoke or use a straw for 24 hours after surgery.
4. Replace gauze when saturated. Maintain biting pressure between gauze changes. Bleeding normally resolves within the first two hours.
5. Remove gauze to eat or drink (no carbonated beverages) and replace if necessary.
6. Delay brushing your teeth for at least 12 hours. Start saltwater rinses after 24 hours using a quarter teaspoon of salt in 6-8 ounces of warm water. Use 2-3 times daily for 3-4 days. USE ONLY A GENTLE RINSING ACTION.
7. Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking prescribed medications. This can be potentially hazardous to your health. Birth control pills may be ineffective while taking antibiotics. Do not operate machinery or drive a motor vehicle while taking prescribed pain medication.
8. No carbonated beverages for 72 hours and avoid milk products if you are easily nauseated.
POSSIBLE EVENTS AFTER SURGERY:1. Some bleeding and discomfort are to be expected, so relax quietly and avoid excessive talking or chewing for at least several hours after your surgical procedure.
2. There will be some tightness of the jaws and facial muscles due to swelling. Most swelling peaks between 48-72 hours and then will slowly decrease.
3. There may be continued numbness of the skin, lips, gums, teeth, tongue or jaws. This is usually temporary, but can last a variable amount of time.
4. Cracked or tender lips may require the use of Vaseline or lip ointment for several days.
5. A slightly elevated temperature can develop that will usually decrease within 48 hours.
6. Most stitches will dissolve in 1 to 10 days.
7. Ibuprofen can be used (instead of or in addition to prescribed pain pills) every 4 hours.
8. On occasion dry sockets can occur, symptoms can occur 2-3 days following your surgery. Please contact our office immediately if symptoms occur.
9. Due to diet restrictions following your surgery, please be aware when exercising you could experience lightheadedness or dizziness. Should this occur, stop exercising.
*Please be reminded each case varies so please consult our office immediately with any questions, concerns, or issues. Additionally, we will go over post-surgical instructions with you and your driver following surgery.*
New Patient Information
Our Dental Receptionists and Office Manager will help you to schedule appointments, complete necessary paperwork, and answer any billing questions that you may have.
Patient AppointmentsPatients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask the same courtesy from your family. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately, giving a minimum of 48 hours notice to avoid any missed appointment fees. We realize that unexpected illnesses and emergencies may occur, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.
Our office strives to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available.
Insurance & Patient Co-paymentsIf you have insurance we will help you determine the coverage you have available. In order to best assist you, it is important that you submit your dental and/or medical insurance information to us with your New Patient Paperwork a minimum of two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows us time to contact your insurance company and obtain a breakdown of the benefits you or your employer purchased from the company. In addition, you will want to bring a dental benefit book that your carrier should be able to provide. Our business team will be happy to help you understand your policy.
Should you be diagnosed with treatment services, we will be able to provide you with a detailed plan which will give you an estimate of how much your insurance company may pay for each procedure, as well as the portion you will be expected to pay at the time of service.
Professional care is provided to you, our patient family, and not to an insurance company. The insurance company is responsible only to the patient as a benefit from the individual or employer plan purchase, and the patient is responsible to the doctor. We will assist you every way we can in filing your dental or medical claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
Financial PolicyIn an effort to reduce the cost to you, the patient, while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established the financial policy as follows:
• Payment of any account balance is due in full within 20 days of statement date
• We gladly accept Visa, Discover, American Express, or MasterCard payments
• Payment plans are available through www.CareCredit.com
Appointments & ConsultationsWe are happy to schedule a second-opinion consultation with our doctors to discuss treatment diagnosed for you. It is important to us that our patients are committed fully to a recommended course of treatment, and we make every effort to provide all available information on the types of treatment completed at DFW Oral Surgeons, as well as options to make appointments comfortable.
All patients that are referred to our office from another practice, or who have self-referred themselves for a second opinion are required to undergo a complete examination by our doctors before they provide their diagnosis opinion. Please ensure that all available x-rays and chart notes from your prior office have been transferred to us prior to the scheduled appointment for review. Please note that many offices require 7 – 14 business days to transfer records.
It is imperative that we have all available dental (and medical if related to trauma or medically diagnosed disorder) insurance information in a timely manner, as we will be providing you with a comprehensive treatment estimate after your consultation with the doctor.
If you have questions about the consultation services we provide, please email us today or call at (972) 539-1491.