Accepting New Patients
What to Expect From Your First Visit
Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation to diagnose your condition and propose a treatment plan. Dr. Kelly will explain your diagnosis and treatment options. Many times, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may require an initial evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. This will allow us to gather additional needed information from your dentist or physician.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A complete and current list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your identification cards and any necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims. Some oral surgical procedures are covered under medical insurance plans.
- Please pre-register for your visit on this website to save yourself time at the office.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit and surgery appointment. In cases of divorce, we must receive written permission and financial guarantee from the court decreed custodial parent.
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A preoperative consultation and physical evaluation is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. You may not have anything to eat or drink six hours prior to your surgery. You may take prescription medications with a sip of water on the day of surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home. This person must remain in the office for the entire appointment.
Please alert the office prior to surgery if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, blood thinners, chemotherapy, etc.).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays (radiographs), you may request that the x-rays be forwarded to our office. X-rays may be e-mailed to our office at: [email protected]. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office.
If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility. We have the ability to take digital dental radiographs, including panoramic jaw views (Panorex) and small volume cone-beam computerized tomograms (CBCT). CBCTs use far less radiation than conventional medical CT scans and are focused only on the area of interest.
If you have had radiology studies performed at St. Vincent Hospital or the UMass Memorial Medical Center systems, please advise our office. Dr. Kelly has privileges at both institutions and can review the studies remotely at our office. This allows him to see the images directly from the hospital computer system. This provides faster and much better visualization than from a CD that you may have been given.