Maxillofacial and dental surgery can often be complex, causing added stress to patients who find themselves looking for a new oral surgeon. At Oral Surgery Associates in Anchorage, professional care comes standard so that patients have a clear understanding of their unique dental needs and a wealth of information on their treatment plan.
To make every visit to the office a pleasant experience, Oral Surgery Associates is happy to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about oral pathology and the team of Anchorage oral surgeons:
- What Can I Expect From An Initial Appointment? For the most part, an initial appointment will include a consultation with one of the oral surgeons who will explain your diagnosis and recommend options for treatment. It is recommended that you bring your referral slip, past x-rays, a list of current medications, and medical or dental insurance information with you to this office visit. Should your treatment plan include IV anesthesia, Oral Surgery Associates requires that you have a pre-operative consultation and physical examination
- What Kind Of Procedures Does Oral Surgery Associates Handle? Most dental cases are unique, but the team at Oral Surgery Associates brings compassionate care and a wealth of knowledge and experience to every patient visit. To that end, these Anchorage-based oral surgeons handle a variety of treatment options that your general dentist isn't qualified to perform. Some of their popular procedures include dental implants, bone grafts, wisdom teeth removal, oral pathology, facial trauma, and more
- I’m Afraid Of Going To The Dentist. What Should I Do? Know that you’re not alone. Many people (some estimates suggest up to 15% of Americans) have noted that they avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety. But the best thing that you can do to cope with dental anxiety is to have a discussion with your dental care provider. Your dentist or oral surgeon should find ways to work with you to determine methods to make you more comfortable during routine examinations and surgical procedures. If your dentist does not take your anxiety seriously, consider obtaining a second opinion with a provider you feel more comfortable with.
- Are Dental X-Rays Safe? Any exposure to radiation, including the sun and even appliances in your home, can damage your body’s tissues. However, the dose of radiation you are exposed to when you receive dental x-rays is very small. This is mostly attributable to advances in dentistry that have led to lower radiation levels. At Oral Surgery Associates, staff use lead-lined, full-body aprons to protect patients from any stray radiation, and technicians check the x-ray machines routinely for accuracy and safety.
At Oral Surgery Associates, they want you to be comfortable with the care you receive from them, which is why they’re happy to answer any questions you may have about dental surgery. Whether you need wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, or corrective jaw surgery, the experienced staff at Oral Surgery Associates will help your smile look and feel healthier than ever. To learn more about the Anchorage practice, visit Oral Surgery Associates online. To schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon, call (907) 561-1430 today.