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Notice of Privacy Practices and Health Information.


Reminder for your first visit:

Bring your referral form and any recent radiographs

Bring your dental insurance card

Bring your driver's license or some other form of picture identification


ANTIBIOTIC PREMEDICATION: If your physician has told you that antibiotic premedication is necessary prior to dental treatment, please make sure that you have the prescription prior to your appointment and take as directed.


Financial:

We will be more than happy to submit all insurance forms for you and help you recover the most from your benefits. We will do everything we can to help you afford the treatment you need and want.

Forms of payment accepted by the office are check, cash, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), and we offer interest free payment options through Care Credit.


Cancellation:

If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 48 hours notice. We ask for this advance notice so that we can offer this appointment to another patient. A fee may be charged if a patient does not show up for an appointment without sufficient notice. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our practice for your dental care.


Pre-Surgical Instructions

So that we can optimize your treatment result we offer these instructions prior to your care and ask that you review them carefully. Please call us if there are any questions concerning your treatment.

We ask that you find a time for your appointment that you can be certain you will be able to commit to. Ample time has been set aside for your care and changes in scheduling deprive other patients of the care that they need.


MEAL AND MEDICATION SCHEDULE PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT: Eat your normal meals the day of surgery and take your normal medications the day of surgery.


BLOOD-THINNING MEDICATIONS: In the event that you are taking blood-thinning medications, INCLUDING ASPIRIN, please advise our office at least seven days prior to your appointment, as we will need to consult with your physician to reduce or stop these medications prior to your appointment.


PRE-TREATMENT SEDATION: Some patients may request an oral medication to relax them prior to the appointment. If you feel you need this, call our office at least seven days prior to your appointment so that it can be called in to your pharmacy. You will need someone to drive you to our office and home IF YOU USED A SEDATIVE.


ANTIBIOTIC PREMEDICATION: If your physician has told you that antibiotic premedication is necessary prior to dental treatment, please make sure that you have the prescription prior to your appointment and take as directed.


DENTAL IMPLANTS: If you are having a dental implant, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to be taken prior to your appointment and for a short time following your treatment. Please follow the instructions on this prescription. So that we most effectively place your implant, your general dentist may ask that you have impressions taken for a surgical guide and or a temporary tooth replacement.


Every effort will be made to make your experience in our office a favorable one. Our dental team is proud to be able to bring you state of the art treatment in a caring environment. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.


Post-Surgical Instructions

1. A small amount of bleeding may occur after surgery. You may notice blood-tinged saliva or wake up with blood on your pillow (you may want to place a towel over your pillow tonight) . If bleeding occurs, apply pressure to the surgical site with a wet tea bag. The tea bag has tannic acid in it, which can shrink blood vessels, and pressure is the most effective method to stop bleeding. If bleeding persists after applying a wet tea bag for 15 minutes, call the doctor at the number listed below.

2. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, take the entire course of antibiotics even if you feel fine. If you experience any unusual side effects such as hives, swelling or itching, call the doctor.

3. You may have a periodontal dressing placed after surgery. The purpose of this dressing, or periodontal pack, is to act as a bandage while you’re healing. You may notice that pieces of it come off over time and that they sometimes fall out before your post-operative appointment. This should not alarm you and will not affect the outcome of the surgery.

4. Take your pain medication. Some medications may cause drowsiness and may impair your ability to drive. Alcoholic beverages should not be taken to excess while taking pain medication.

5. For the first 24 hours after the operation, you should apply an ice pack to the affected area (i.e. on your cheek next to the surgical site) for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off as much as possible. This will reduce postoperative swelling and minimize any discomfort you may have.

6. You have stitches that may or may not need to be removed at your next visit. Some stitches dissolve on their own and others need to be removed. Whichever kind you have, the doctor will determine when they will come out after some healing has taken place. This should be between one and two weeks.

7. Take it easy following surgery. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for at least 48 hours following the operation.

8. You may have been prescribed an antimicrobial rinse (Perioguard, Peridex, or Chlorhexidine). You should rinse with this twice a day as you will not be able to brush in the area where you’ve just had surgery. Be sure not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after using the rinse. This type of rinse may temporarily alter taste sensation and may cause staining. These stains can be removed in the dentist's office at one of your follow up visits.

9. Eat soft foods and avoid chewing in the area where you’ve had surgery. Avoid extremely hot or cold and spicy foods. Be sure to stay well nourished and drink plenty of non-acidic fluids, such as water or apple or grape juice. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible. Do not use a straw for 48 hrs.

10. You will probably notice some swelling in the surgical area for a few days. If you notice that the swelling is increasing after 4 days after surgery or have a fever, please call the doctor.

11. Do not brush or floss the teeth that have had surgery until the doctor informs you that it is okay to do so. You should brush and floss the rest of your teeth normally.

12. You should not smoke after surgery. You should not smoke anyway. Please let us know if you are interested in getting help to stop smoking.

13. If you were given a plastic retainer to protect the roof of your mouth: wear it all day and night for 48 hrs. (You can remove it to rinse it anytime but place it back on). After 48 hrs you can keep it out and only put it in when eating. If your mouth feels better with it, you can keep wearing it all the time for 2 weeks.


Referring Doctors

You can download the referral form here.

Referral form


More Questions

If you have a question please do not hesitate to contact us at 703-858-3838 or email to lansdowneperio@gmail.com