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How to Prepare to Visit an Oral Surgeon in Washington DC

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If you have decided to undergo an oral surgery treatment then there are a number of things that you can do to prepare yourself for something that should not be taken lightly. First things first, you should arrange a consultation appointment – this can be done over the telephone or online if you go to capitalofsc.com.

Most patients undergoing this type of surgery are expectedly apprehensive when going in for a consultation appointment with the surgeon. However, there are a number of things that you can do to make this process go as smoothly as possible for both you and the healthcare professional administering the consultation.

Have an idea of what you want to say

The consultation appointment is the perfect time for you to explain to the surgeon about what your problem is and how you would like it fixed, as well as providing a chance for the medical professional to get to know you. Remember that you may be asked to discuss your issue at great length and to outline any previous treatments or evaluations that you may have had from other oral surgeons. Doing all of this will allow them to get a better understanding of what treatment they can deliver to you in order to help you achieve your desired goals.

Expect an examination to be conducted

While at the consultation, the oral surgeon may want to take a look inside of your mouth and conduct a thorough examination of your jaw, mouth, and teeth. They will also look into your previous dental and health records in order to ascertain a greater understanding of what your condition is exactly and if you are healthy enough to withstand oral surgery. As part of this, it may be necessary to perform medical imaging so that the healthcare professional can get a better picture of what is going on inside of your mouth. 

Bring a medication list

During the process of receiving oral surgery you will most likely be administered with some sort of anesthesia. Dependent on the particular procedure that you have, you may either be put fully to sleep for it or just partially. However, there are some risks associated with having anesthesia administered when it is mixed with other prescription medications. For this reason, it is important to bring a list of any medication that you are currently taking with you so that they can be seen by the surgeon and any potential complications discussed.

Expect to complete forms

As part of the overall consultation process, you will be asked to complete a number of different health-related forms and paperwork. Again, this is so that the oral surgeon can get a better understanding of what your medical history looks like. In addition to all of this, you will also be asked by the medic if you have ever had any other surgeries (anywhere on your body), how you reacted to them, and if anaesthesia was used then also. This provides important insight into how to tackle your oral surgery.

Elena Deeley did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.

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