What happens during my first 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 treatment. Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip from your dentist and any X-rays, if applicable
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- Completed medical and dental insurance forms and your insurance cards, if applicable (This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.)
- A driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID (to protect against identity theft)
To make the registration process run as smoothly as possible, you can download and complete the patient registration form on our website before your initial consultation.
During your first appointment, Dr. Boyce or Dr. Tracy will perform an oral examination, explain your diagnosis, and outline their recommended treatment options. Your doctor will help you determine the treatment plan that you feel comfortable with and the best choice for anesthesia or sedation during the procedure.
In some circumstances, 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 before surgery (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (e.g., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
On the day of treatment, you will need to arrange to have an adult drive you to the office and home following the procedure. Please do not eat or drink six hours before your surgery if you are having general anesthesia.
It is important that a parent or guardian must accompany you to the consultation visit if you are under 18 years of age.