First Visit – Consultation Appointment
For your safety, a consultation and examination is mandatory for all patients prior to any surgical procedure. During this initial consultation appointment, patients meet with Dr. Maranon and discuss their needs. This appointment is important because it is where the foundation of the patient-doctor relationship begins. At this appointment, a thorough history of the patient’s health and condition will be taken and their concerns addressed. It is very important that patients provide us with as much detail as possible and to be frank with us about their concerns.
Dr. Maranon will then perform a comprehensive clinical examination and review any necessary diagnostic imaging. He will review his findings and diagnosis with the patient. The expected course of treatment, recovery, as well as alternative treatment options will then be reviewed. The patient will be encouraged to ask questions. The more each patient is involved in their treatment, the more successful the care will ultimately be.
Patients with complex medical concerns or treatments may require a second consultation appointment. In circumstances where treatment is urgent, surgery may be able to be performed the same day as the consultation.
Following the examination and before any treatment is performed, the treatment plan options and the fees associated with care in the office will be openly presented. Treatment will be arranged to accommodate each patient’s schedule.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation and surgery visits.
We understand that a patient’s time is valuable.
Patient’s should assist us by providing the following information at the time of their consultation:
- Patients should remember to bring any documents or x-rays that they were given by their referring doctor. Whenever possible, the office staff will obtain records from the referring physician or dentist in anticipation of the patient’s appointment.
- Patients should provided a list of medications that are being or have been taken. It is especially important to let us know about any heart, blood pressure, diabetes or osteoporosis medications that are taken.
- Any patient information and medical history forms provided by our office should be completed and brought to the appointment. This information can also be completed from this website in the patient registration section.
- The patient should bring any dental appliances that are worn.
- Patients should make us aware of any special needs or medical conditions they may have prior to their arrival.
- Patients desiring to utilize any dental or medical insurance should bring all their insurance information with them to the consultation appointment. If possible, patients can contact the office staff prior to their appointment with that information so that we may better assist patients in obtaining their insurance benefits.
Urgent or Emergency Procedures
As noted above, a preoperative consultation and examination is mandatory for all patients prior to any surgical procedure. In urgent or emergency situations, the consultation and examination can be performed on the same day as treatment. If a procedure is considered urgent, patients may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking eight hours prior to that surgery. They may also need an adult to drive them home and stay with them during the first day of recovery.
Patients should alert Dr. Maranon if they have any medical conditions for which they are under a doctors care prior to consultation or surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, limited mobility, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if they are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, medications for osteoporosis etc.).
Radiographs and Imaging
If the referring dentist or physician has taken x-rays or other imaging (CT scans or MRI), patients should request that these images be forwarded to our office prior to their appointment. If there is not enough time, patients may need to pick up and bring these images or documents with them so that these items are available at the first consultation with Dr. Maranon. If additional imaging is are necessary, those images can usually be taken in our office.