Upstate Dental Surgery
Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Q. Why do I have to come in for a consultation appointment?
You are a new patient to us so it is especially important that you meet with our doctor to review your medical history, illnesses you have, allergies, past surgeries and medications you are taking. This also gives you a chance to meet the doctor and discuss the procedure and the anesthetic option that is right for you.
Q. Do I need a referral from a dentist to schedule an appointment?
In most instances, a referral from a general dentist is beneficial, but not necessary.
Q. Do I need to have x-rays taken?
We need a current panorex x-ray in order to see the entire tooth position, root structure, and the anatomy of your jaw. If your dentist does not have a current x-ray, we can take one at our office.
Q. Can you tell me how much my insurance will pay?
At your consultation visit we will give you an estimate of your surgery fees, submit a pre-determination to your insurance company to get their payment amount, if time allows.  On the day of surgery, the patient is expected to pay their out of pocket expense.
Q. Are oral surgery claims filed under my medical or dental insurance plan?
Some procedures are considered dental and are filed under your dental plan. Others are medical and are filed with your medical plan. We can determine which is appropriate for your case.
Q. How long will the procedure take?
Usually less than 1 hour.
Q. If I go to sleep, will I remember anything?
Intravenous sedation affects the central nervous system in such a way that normal functions and reflexes are intact, but decreased.  Local anesthetics are given after you are sedated. You may not remember much about your procedure but you are technically you are not totally asleep.  Patients who want to be totally asleep, having general anesthesia are treated at the hospital.
Q. Do I need someone to drive me home after surgery?
If you are scheduled to be sedated, you will need someone to drive you home. The driver must remain at the office.  Patients receiving local anesthetic can drive themselves home.
Q. What can I do to relieve pain?
Take the prescribed pain medication as soon as possible after surgery.  We recommend that you eat or drink something to alleviate nausea that pain medication can cause.
Q. Will someone be available if I have problems or questions following surgery?
The doctor is always on call for emergencies or postoperative problems, just call the office number and the answering service will reach him.  Patients needing a refill on medications are asked to call during normal office hours. We do not normally give prescriptions for narcotics after business hours or weekends.