First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation which is also known as a surgical planning visit. This visit is necessary to meet Dr. Gliddon, review and explain your diagnosis and treatment options and develop a procedure plan based on review of your health needs and our desire to keep you safe. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may require a more extensive evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. This allows us to best plan for your care.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Your surgical referral slip (if hand carried from general dentist office and any x-rays if applicable.
  • Intake paperwork (demographics, health history, etc.)
  • A list of medications you are presently taking and reasons for their use.
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This insurance information will be requested by our patient care coordinators in advance of your visit. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.


IMPORTANT:
All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the consultation visit. That person is  responsible for any payment due on the account, even in the case of divorced parents.

A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV  and local anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink eight hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult escort/driver that must arrive with you for surgery and remain in our office to drive you home after you are discharged. If you are undergoing a procedure with local anesthesia only you may consume a light meal prior to your scheduled surgery time and you are not required to have an adult escort/driver.

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

X-Rays

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays you may be asked to bring the copies with you to your surgical planning visit but please know that digital surgical films are most often necessary and will be taken at our facility.