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"The doctor was very efficient during the procedure.  I felt no pain before or after the treatment!" -Juan

What to expect

Let us assure you that we are with you every step of the way! We understand that any kind of dental surgery is causing fear and anxiety in most people and also raises many questions about the surgery itself, how to best prepare for it and how to manage the hours and days afterward. 

 

Throughout our website, we tried to address as many of those concerns and questions but we invite you to please contact us with any additional questions or concerns you might have. Below we list what to expect for each dental specialty:

Please assist us by providing the following information when scheduling your first appointment:

 

  • Your referral slip and current X-rays if applicable.

  • A list of medications you are presently taking.

  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your insurance cards. 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 visit.

 

Nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as "gas") is available in our office.  If you would like to use it, please let us know.

 

Please alert the office if you have a change in your medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you have a change in any medications (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).

 

X-Rays

 

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, please request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

 

During your initial appointment, our doctor will perform a thorough assessment of your tooth, make a diagnosis, and explain your treatment options in simple, easy-to-understand language. Usually, we can complete your root canal treatment on that same day. A complex medical history or a more complex treatment plan may require an additional appointment. 

 

After the treatment

 

Please see "Endodontics Post Op Instructions" in After Care or simply click here>>

 

 

 

What to expect: Oral Surgery

Oral surgery may sound scary, but it is actually quite common and most procedures only require three days of recovery. Most often, oral surgery will be necessary to extract impacted or injured teeth, though surgery may also repair graft gum tissue, or repair damaged teeth in certain situations. At Parkside Dental Specialty, we provide a wide range of oral surgery services to care for your smile when you need treatment beyond regular cleanings and checkups.

 

Before oral surgery, the doctor will discuss your sedation options to keep you comfortable during the procedure. In many cases, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide will be sufficient, but stronger sedatives can be an option for more extensive surgeries or patients with dental anxiety. 

 

Local Anesthesia OR Local Anesthesia with Nitrous Oxide
  • You may eat or drink prior to your procedure. 

  • If you use prescription medications, we will notify you on how/when to take them. 

  • No escort necessary - you can drive yourself home following the procedure. 

 

Local Anesthesia with Oral (tablet) Sedation
  • You may eat a light meal before and drink prior to your procedure.

  • If you use prescription medications, we will notify you on how/when to take them. 

  • You will need an escort to drive you to and from your surgery.

  • This person has to remain in the office during the entire procedure. 

 

IV Sedation
  • Do not eat or drink (including water) 8 hours before your procedure. 

  • If you use prescription medications, we will notify you on how/when to take them. 

  • Wear short-sleeved/loose-fitting clothing. 

  • You will need an escort to drive you to and from your surgery.

  • This person has to remain in the office during the entire procedure. 

After the treatment

 

Please see "Oral Surgery Post Op Instructions" in After Care or simply click here>>

What to expect: Periodontal Surgery

 

Periodontal disease is always best detected in the early stages and is more easily treated, but in the more advanced stages of the disease, this requires more advanced surgical techniques which you would then be referred to our Periodontist. At our office, we will most likely schedule a consultation first to go over exactly what your General Dentist is referring you for. Once that consultation is finished we will schedule you for the treatment discussed with our doctor.  This can usually be split up into a few different appointments or sometimes we can do it all at once.

The healing process differs between each treatment you are recommended to have.  The doctor and the staff will go over those instructions with you on the day of your consultation so you know what to expect.

After the treatment

 

Please see "Periodontal Surgery Post Op Instructions" in After Care or simply click here>>

Oral Hygiene Tip

While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet.

 

 

What to expect: Endodontics