10 Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon

10 Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon:

July 2016

So you just found out that you need Oral Surgery. You have a million things going through your head and you are feeling like your heart just moved into your stomach. The first thing you need to do is **BREATHE**. Stay calm, you got this! Not sure how to find that perfect Doctor? We have designed 10 questions to help you out.   These are questions that you should be asking your Oral Surgeon to make sure you are getting the best care around.

Why do I need this Surgery?

It is always important to make sure that you understand the reasoning for having a procedure done. Seeing the benefits of the procedure can show you the value in what you are having done.10 Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon 1

Will I be sedated?

Not all surgical procedures require a patient to be sedated. Make sure you talk to your Doctor about what your options are for the surgery so that you can make a decision about what the best plan is for you.

Will I need someone to drive me home?

Many times oral surgery is out-patient based, meaning you get to leave that day! It is always important when having any procedure that you make sure to find out if you are going to need someone to drive you home. You should always have a driver present when you are being sedated for oral surgery.

What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?

Many times, people may want to delay to having a procedure done. A condition can continue to worsen with time it is important that you find out from your Doctor what the potential outcomes are if you wait to have the surgery.

What can I expect before the operation?

When preparing for oral surgery you cannot physically eat or drink anything 6 hours before the surgery appointment. It is also very important to make sure that you prepare yourself mentally for the procedure. Your Doctor can make recommendations on how to do this. Your Doctor will inform you about exceptions regarding your medication prior to your surgery appointment.

10 Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon 2What should I expect during recovery?

At your consultation, we will be informing you on what  time-frame of recovery you should expect. That way you can make sure you are prepared with work, activities and even family events. Make sure you discuss with your doctor what your options are and what to expect.

Are you board-certified?

What does it mean to be “board-certified”?  Board Certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Obtaining a medical or dental license sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.  Requesting your Doctor to be board-certified, means a Doctor who takes the time to be precise and give the best expertise available in that field. 

Is the surgical facility accredited and properly staffed?

What does accreditation mean for a facility? Accreditation is to maximize the safety and quality of your surgical care.  Accreditation is largely a voluntary process through which an ambulatory health care organization is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized standards.  The accreditation process involves a self-assessment by the organization and a thorough on-site review by the Accreditation Association’s volunteer expert surveyors.

Will I need any special diet?10 Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon 3

Yes, your diet typically depends on the type of oral surgery that you are having preformed. Make sure you check with your Doctor so you can prepare accordingly. Not following diet recommendations could lead to other issues which might require a repeat visit. Surgical Instructions.

What kind of pain should I expect after the surgery and for how long?

Every patient is different and may not have the same amount of pain. Your Doctor can discuss with you what to possible expect post-surgery and how to handle pain when it arises post-surgery.

Choosing an Oral Surgeon can be nerve wrecking and overwhelming at times. Our doctors encourage patients to feel comfortable asking questions. Some Doctors say having a friend or family member come with  you to the consultation to help ask questions is a great way to build a relationship with your Doctor and even become more comfortable before surgery.

 

 

 

 

Sources: https://www.facs.org/education/patient-education/patient-resources/prepare/10-questions, http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00562