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Facial & Oral Surgery FAQs

What are the different types of anesthesia?

Our doctors thoroughly knowledgeable and well trained in anesthesia techniques. They are licensed by the state of Florida to administer general anesthesia and are Fellows of the American Dental Society of Anesthesia.

Safety is always foremost in the mind of our doctors. Depending on you medical health, our doctors will use on of the following forms of anesthesia:

  • Local Anesthesia – A novocaine injection at the site where the procedure will be performed. This will numb the actual site of the procedure.
  • Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, patients breathe into a nasal mask and are more relaxed. A local injection of anesthesia is usually given in conjunction with nitrous oxide.
  • Intravenous Anesthesia – This places the patient more deeply asleep, so they will probably not remember the procedure.
  • In-Hospital Procedure Under General Anesthesia – Provides the deepest level of sedation, usually used for more complex procedures.

Depending on the depth of sedation, the anesthetic used and your medical condition, various monitors may be used. The doctor and one trained assistant will always be with you and closely observe you throughout your treatment.

Is it important to select a doctor who is board certified?

A doctor who is board certified has attained the highest level of certification in his or her specialty. This is always a good indication for a patient that the doctor in whom they have placed their trust is competent and maintains the highest standard of excellence. Drs. Weinstein, Thompson and Guzman are Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Why do I need an x-ray?

X-rays are one of the best and most cost effective visualization tools available to our doctors. Since surgery involves more than just the surgical site, doctors can visualize the problem area as well as the surrounding structures, This enables our doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat problems of the mouth, jaw and face.

Additionally, x-rays are a good screening tool for other diseases or conditions that might otherwise not have been detected.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

As mentioned earlier, not all wisdom teeth will cause problems. Depending on the findings of your exam, our doctors will be able to advise you whether or not any or all four wisdom teeth should be extracted. They key to preventing problems with wisdom teeth is timely x-rays of the mouth and the advise of our experienced doctors.

What is a biopsy and what does culture and sensitivity mean? A number of our patients have expressed concern when they hear the word "biopsy". Biopsy simply means that a piece of tissue removed during a surgical procedure is sent to the laboratory for microscopic examination. In this office, all tissue that is removed from your mouth is sent for examination. Drs. Weinstein, Thompson and Guzman feel that you as a patient are best served and most protected if the tissue from your mouth is examined by a lab. Having a biopsy does not mean that there are cancer cells in the tissue. Microscopic examination is used to help the doctor determine the exact cause and therefore best treatment for any problem that you might be experiencing.

Culture and sensitivity simply means that a specimen of pus is sent to the lab, grown in an incubator, and tested with different antibiotics to determine the best antibiotics needed to treat your infection.

Why do I need to sign a consent form?

Our doctors take every precaution to prevent problems during a procedure. Complications are extremely rare. When you are asked to sign a consent form prior to a procedure or treatment, it is not meant to frighten you. It simply serves to inform you of all possible risks, however rare, that could occur. Additionally, it is required by law.

What kind of recovery should I expect?

Our office will provide you with clear post-operative instructions following your procedure. It is important to follow these instructions to prevent any problems. Our doctors can give you an estimate on how you will feel post-operatively, but keep in mind that everyone is different. Our doctors are on call 24-hours a day to answer questions or help you if you are experiencing any problems.

Will insurance cover my procedure?

If you or some one in your family is an employee of a company, your health insurance is provided through a contract between your employer and the insurance company. The coverage you receive is based on terms negotiated between these two organizations. While our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care, insurance companies often cover only very basic services, especially in the area of dentistry. Our office has no involvement in determining which services will be covered or the percentage of the fee that is covered. These covered services are selected based on the cost of the dental insurance policy to your employer and what your insurance company is willing to pay. Although dental implants offer superior treatment results, they are not considered a basic dental service. This means that insurance companies rarely provide coverage for dental implants or other elective services, unless caused by an accident. Remember that insurance companies are not dedicated to providing optimal care, but to fulfilling their contracts. The difference in quality of life that dental implants provide is a personal choice. Our insurance benefit coordinator will be happy to assist you in predetermining benefits, filing claims and answering questions, however, payment of uncovered services is expected at the time of visit, unless other arrangements have been made.