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Please suggest some important questions i can ask my doctor about oral surgery.

62 doctor answers96 doctors weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Any: Any other options? What are the risks? How long a recovery may i anticipate?
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Risk: Risk involved, recovery time, expected pain and bleeding. Is it day surgery or needs overnight stay?
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
What: What is my recovery time? How much will my procedure cost? What are my options?
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
If: If you take any medications like Aspirin or supplements, ask if you should stop them before surgery.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
How: How much does it cost? What is the recovery? How long will it take? Possible complications?
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
What: What should I do to allay my fear? How long can i be numb? Any food that I should avoid?
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Oral: Oral surgery may not necessarily require sedation.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
If: If you are having oral surgery, ask your doctor when you will be able to swallow medications again.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Sleeping: Sleeping with your head elevated on a few pillows may reduce swelling after surgery. Ask your doc.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Anesthetics: Anesthetics to be used? Do they interact with any of my current medications? Recovery time? Risks?
Dr. Sonja Garden
30 years experience
How: How long will I have pain? Is there any chance of permanent nerve damage? Is IV sedation necessary?
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
1.Diagnosis: 1. Diagnosis 2. Indications for treatment (tx) 3.Risks of tx, benefits of tx- and alternative txs.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
What: What do you plan to do? Will you sedate? Pain meds after? How long is the procedure? Those are a good start.
Dr. Jeremy White
Surgery - Plastics 17 years experience
How: How frequently does the surgeon do the procedure? What are risk & benefits? Are there alternatives?
Dr. Manish Varma
Palliative Care 10 years experience
Before: Before oral surgery always inquire about prophylactic antibiotics to prevent heart valve infections.
Dr. William Duggan
17 years experience
Ensure: Ensure what medicines you should stop prior to surgery and check whether you will need an antibiotic.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
Ask: Ask your oral surgeon about your options regarding "levels" of anesthesia and anesthetic.
Dr. Jatin Shah
Dentistry 40 years experience
Ask: Ask the procedure, time, cost, risk, benefits, alternative, after care and type of anesthesia.
Dr. Lewis Margolis
49 years experience
Be: Be sure to ask about anesthesia and monitoring. Will conscious sedation or deep sedation be used?
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
When: When and what can i eat after the procedure? Do i need antibiotics? What should I take for pain?
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Why: Why do I need oral surgery? What are the benefits? What are the risks?
Dr. Ajay Dhankhar
A Verified Doctoranswered
19 years experience
Smokers: Smokers should seek a rx for nicotine patch after oral surgery during the healing period instead.
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
The: The diagnosis, procedure, risks/benefits/other options and doctor's specific oral surgical training.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Make: Make sure you understand your post-op instructions and follow them.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Risks,: Risks, benefits, options.
Dr. Muhammad Emran
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Ask: Ask if you need to take Amoxicillin or another antibiotic a few days before your oral surgery.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
If: If you are on immunosuppressive medications, ask about how long you have to leave them off beforehand.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Should: Should you stop Aspirin before and how long before?
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
How: How much post op bleeding should I expect? What foods should I avoid eating? Will i need stitches?
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
What: What alternatives are there to a surgical procedure? What morbidity may be associated with surgery.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Are: Are there any medications i need to stop prior to surgery?
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Indication?: Indication? Recovery time? Possible results? Complications? Follow up visits? Antibiotics? Pain?
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Do: Do i need surgery or there other options? What are the risks? What about recovery?
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Ask: Ask why to avoid smoking. When it comes to any surgery as it impairs the healing process.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
What: What type of anesthesia is required for the procedure ?
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Do: Do i really need this surgery ? What are the alternative treatment options available ?
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
What: What are the common complications involved. What do I do after surgery? Can i reach you if needed?
Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Ask: Ask if a short course of steroids such as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack would help for perioperative swelling.
Dr. Reed Day
Dr. Reed Dayanswered
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Most: Most importantly how many procedures of this type has he/she done?
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Can: Can it be done under local, if not why not, pre/post op instructions, time before I am back in the wrld.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Ask: Ask what medications, herbs, and supplements to stop before your surgery.
Dr. Arman Roksar
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 26 years experience
Ask: Ask the oral surgeon if IV sedation is necessary for the procedure that you need?
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
Ask: Ask him what complications does he or she most regularly see with oral surgery that they provide.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 10 years experience
Ask: Ask them to discuss the risks and benefits and alternative options.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Be: Be sure to have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. This prevents problems down the road.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
Is: Is the treatment necessary? Is it a selective procedure? What are the consequences if no treatment?
Dr. Todd Sontag
17 years experience
If: If you smoke- there are many things out there to help you quit.
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Ask: Ask if there are types of food you shouldn't eat right after surgery.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Will: Will my medications affect the treatment or outcome? Will they interact with pain meds?
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
After: After a tooth/teeth extraction, do not drink liquids through a straw. Sucking in is not advised.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Are: Are there any instructions pre-surgery? What should I expect post-surgery? When will i be able to.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Nervous?: Nervous? Ask about the different options for sedation. They'll help you choose the right option.
Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
Ignore: Time to heal, cost, limitations during healing, medications, follow up care and post op instructions.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Ignore: Avoid hot beverages/ soups following oral surgery.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: What should I do and avoid immediately after surgery and for the next week to make recovery easier?
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 22 years experience
Ignore: Should i take pain medication prior to surgery so it is in my system already?
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
Ignore: Do i really need the expense and risk of general anesthetic for a simple extraction?
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Ignore: What to do before ; after surgery (food, fluid, medications, transportation) ; if to come w someone.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
Ignore: What complications am i most at risk for? What should I plan to do (or not do) to heal well?
Dr. Kirk Yen
Dr. Kirk Yenanswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 39 years experience
Ignore: What does the surgery entail? Type of activity allowed after surgery? Pre-surgery preparation?
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: Do I have any risk of permanent numbness with the extractions.
Dr. Seth Black
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Ignore: What are all of the risks, benefits and alternatives to treat your problem!
Last updated Jun 16, 2019
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