What to Expect
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Frequently Asked Questions
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- Completed registration forms
- If completed online, there is no need to bring a copy
- Identification Card
- Medical insurance and dental insurance cards
- List of medications
- List of any questions or concerns
Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early if you have already completed your patient registration paperwork. If you have not, please arrive thirty minutes early to complete in person.
Yes. A preoperative consultation and physical examination is required for all patients. During your consultation, we will review your medical history. Please be sure to bring a list of medical conditions and any medications you are taking.
Most medical insurance plans cover a portion of procedures to remove impacted teeth, however each plan is unique. If you provide your insurance information ahead of time, we will be able to check your levels of coverage under that plan for you.
Advanced Oral Surgery is a preferred provider for most insurance companies including Aetna, Ameritas, Blue Cross Blue Shield (dental & medical), Cigna, Delta, Guardian, Metlife, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Principal, and The Standard. We do accept other insurances and are happy to give you an estimate for coverage based on your specific insurance.
IV sedation is a form of anesthesia often described as a twilight sleep. You will not feel pain and likely will not remember anything about the procedure. Our doctors recommend IV sedation as it is the most comfortable way to have the procedure performed.
Safety is the top priority when it comes to our patients. The sedation medications produce a decreased gag reflex which reduces the ability to keep contents in the stomach. Stomach contents that move into the throat may be inhaled (aspirated) and could be fatal. We require no food or drink, gum, or even mints before your appointment for these reasons.
First, we place the patient on monitors to ensure their safety. Next, the doctor or a registered nurse (RN) will start an IV in the patient’s arm. Typically, the patient will fall asleep within two minutes of receiving medications. Your procedure will begin once you are comfortably sleeping. The medications are delivered and monitored throughout the procedure by the doctor and managed in relation to the procedure being performed and your health history.
The length of your procedure will depend on the procedure taking place. Wisdom teeth procedures typically take 30-60 minutes, but you can plan on being in the office a total of 1.5-2 hours. This time frame accounts for consultation, procedure, and recovery time. If you are coming in for only a consultation, we estimate 30 minutes. Feel free to ask our staff about your specific appointment when scheduling.
Do you have a question not listed above? Contact us at 952.683.9884 to get your additional questions answered or to request an appointment.