We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. Please allow approximately 40-60 minutes for your initial visit. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
We make every attempt to stay on schedule to minimize waiting at the time of your appointment.
To ensure that your appointment starts on time during your initial visit you will need to bring the following information:
- Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist (if your dentist takes digital radiographs, please have these transferred to our office prior to your appointment)
- If you have dental benefits, please bring any forms or documentation with you to the appointment.
When you arrive you will need to complete Patient Registration and Medical History forms. You can also download them from our website and bring them with you.
All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment. Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints requiring pre-medication, diabetes, or hypertension).
We will complete an in depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ and other signs of periodontal disease.
The cost of periodontal treatment varies depending upon your needs. After Dr. Hobbs has examined you and determined the appropriate treatment, she will provide you with an estimate of the cost. If you have dental benefits, your carrier may cover some or all of your costs. Prior to proceeding with the treatment, fees and financial arrangements will be discussed with you so that you can make an informed decision and plan accordingly.
For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards. While we are unable to provide financing for care, we do work with CareCredit™ to offer financing options.
Pre-Operation Sedation Instructions
- A light meal may be eaten no later than 4 hours prior to your appointment.
- It is okay to have small amounts of clear liquids.
- No caffeine the day of appointment, (coffee, tea, sodas etc.).
- Wear short-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing.
- Medication normally taken should be taken unless instructed otherwise. A light meal may be taken with medication if necessary.
- No aspirin or aspirin containing products 10 days prior to your appointment, unless other arrangements have been made.
- No ibuprofen or ibuprofen containing products the day before and the day of surgery.
- If you live out of town, bring any prescribed medication with you.
- Ladies, please avoid any facial make-up and nail polish.
- You must have an adult to drive you home after the procedure.
- Do not plan to operate machinery for 24 hours after the appointment.
- Do not take a bus or taxi.
- You must be accompanied by a friend or relative.
- In order to avoid any complications and to be in compliance with traffic regulations, etc., any patient accepting a sedation appointment must agree not to drive a vehicle or operate machinery the same day; not to undertake responsible business matters; not to drink alcohol.
- Please take 2 or 3 Advil (Ibuprofen) every 6 hours for the first 24 hours following surgery if tolerated well.
- Post-operative pain should be controlled by the analgesic tablets prescribed. Please call if this is not the case and further recommendations will be given.
- Due to the effects of the sedative medications and/or narcotic pain relievers you must use caution in your activities. Do not operate any machinery, drive a car or drink any alcohol while under the influence of these medications.
- There may be some post-operative swelling. Ice packs, alternating, ten minutes on and ten minutes off, may be used to limit this the first day. Hot compresses can be used beginning the 4th day to eliminate swelling that has occurred. Keep head elevated while resting.
- There may be slight bleeding or discoloration of saliva for several hours after surgery. This should correct itself.
- The periodontal dressing protects the surgical wound. Generally the loss of the dressing is not of concern, unless there are problems with pain or bleeding.
- Avoid hot foods and drinks the day of the procedure. Please limit yourself to a semi-soft diet.
- Avoid vigorous rinsing today, beginning tomorrow, rinse with chlorhexidine. Please do not use a drinking straw during the post-operative period.
- Do not brush directly on the dressing, brush and floss your other teeth as usual.
- You may follow your regular daily activities, but avoid excessive exertion.
- Please call if there is a problem with:
- Excessive bleeding
- Pain not controlled by pain medication
- Any reaction to a medication
- Any nausea following the taking of the analgesic and antibiotic tablets