First Visit

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.
  • A list of physicians the patient has seen and/or undergoing care with
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.

A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery.

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.).

Know that when you a referred to go to get surgery at an oral surgery office, it is usually a procedure that was too difficult to be done at a general dentist office under local and nitrous oxide anesthetic and your surgery may need to be performed under IV sedation at our office or under general anesthesia at the hospital.  Your evaluation from when you walk in the door until you leave can take 90-120 minutes. We will need to get a history and physical form filled out, get the list of medications the patient is taking and a list of physicians the patient sees. It is not like a dentist visit or a dental cleaning.  Any patient under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a guardian or parent that has legal custody/guardianship of the patient. This is so the guardian/parent understand the patient’s treatment plan and can ask the doctor any questions and/or bring up concerns for treatment of surgery.  Any patient under 18 and guardian must wear a protective mask covering. Only the patient and a parent/guardian will be allowed to enter Salute’ Oral & Facial Surgery, PA (no other siblings or parent/guardian). 

X-Rays

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.  The x-ray we use in our office is a PANOREX x-ray to do the evaluation. We can only use a Panorex x-ray for the evaluation (the small film x-rays taken at the general dentist do not help the doctor in his evaluation.  If your general dentist or orthodontist has taken a recent Panorex x-ray and there are been no changes to your teeth (or teeth removed and it is within the last 60 days) since the Panorex, we may be able to use that Panorex during the oral surgery evaluation.