First Visit With Your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon In Pasadena, CA
Your initial appointment will typically consist of an in-depth consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. This may be performed by a combination of our highly qualified nursing staff and Drs. Elias, Stephens and Verratti. Occasionally, surgery can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan is best served with a separate evaluation and consultation appointment followed with a second appointment, providing treatment on another day. We generally prefer to have preoperative consultations at a prior separate visit. This format better informs and prepares you for your procedures.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral request (if any) and any radiographs if applicable
- An accurate list of medications you are presently taking
- Knowledge of your health, pertinent medical problems, and your treating doctors
- If you have medical or dental insurance, please bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims properly.
A pre-operative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. For adults, please have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery. For children (under age 10) this can be reduced to 6 hours prior to surgery. You will also need a responsible adult to drive you home.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, heart murmurs, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant (blood thinner) therapy, holistic supplements, etc.)
If your dentist or physician has taken radiographs, you may request that they forward them to our office to avoid the need for further imaging. If there is not enough time to have them sent, please pick them up and bring them to our office. On occasion, these radiographs may be E-mailed to our office. Please understand, that frequently radiographs from your general dentist are not adequate to diagnose or treat your condition. If additional images are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
In-office Cone-Beam CT Scans and Digital Radiography
Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, full-cranial cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology and digital radiography. This technology provides full-cranial, highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis and treatment planning for orthognathic surgery, implant reconstruction, TMJ analysis, airway assessment, routine and complex oral surgery and other dental procedures. Undistorted, anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth and facial bones along with cross-sectional 3-dimensional views (axial, coronal, sagittal, cephalometric and panoramic) are easily generated. Three-dimensional images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies.
The addition of cone-beam CT technology and digital radiography in our office, illustrates our practice commitment to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.