What do I bring to my first appointment?
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your oral surgery consultation:
- Your referral slip from your dentist and any x-rays if applicable
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms and your insurance card. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- To protect against identity theft, we ask that you bring a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID.
- IMPORTANT: If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the consultation visit.
To make the registration process run as smoothly as possible, please complete the patient registration form prior to your first initial consultation on our website.
What happens during my oral surgery consultation?
When you arrive for your first visit, you will be greeted by our friendly office staff who will ensure that the proper registration information is collected for your oral surgery treatment. During your initial appointment, Dr. Claussen will perform an initial consultation explaining your diagnosis and outlining his recommended treatment options. Dr. Claussen will help you determine the oral surgery or treatment plan that you feel comfortable with and choose the best option for anesthesia or sedation during the procedure.
In some circumstances, your oral surgery can be done 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 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 on any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If you will be undergoing IV anesthesia for oral surgery, a pre-operative consultation and physical examination is required prior to your treatment. On the day of treatment, you will need to arrange for an adult to drive you to the office and home following the procedure. Please do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery if you are having general anesthesia.