At North Denver Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand that new patients have a lot of questions when it comes to their treatment. Those range from what to expect during your initial consultation with Dr. Hong to frequently asked questions. The information on this page will help you gain a better understanding of the treatment and care you will receive. You will receive our full attention and the dedicated care you require. Should you have a question that is not addressed below or would care for more information, please feel to ask any member of our staff during your appointment.
- First Visit: Consultation
Dr. Hong will perform a thorough physical examination and diagnose any diagnostic images. Most Oral and Maxillofacial surgery consultations require a panoramic x-ray, which is generally taken in our office. If you have recently taken a panoramic x-ray, you may bring that to your appointment. If it is a digital x-ray, we can request that your referring dentist email them to us. Dr. Hong will also review your health history in detail, and go over treatment and anesthesia options. A treatment coordinator will go over your financial obligations for the surgery.
- Things to bring with you to your consultation
- Dental insurance card
- Referral slip from your dentist
- List of medications you are currently taking
- If you are under the age of 18, you should be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian
- Any x-rays from your dentist
- Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have my surgery on the same day as my consultation?
We can certainly try to do your surgery on the same day as your consultation; however, the doctor would need to review your health history to make sure that nothing would prevent us from doing the surgery. Also, all estimated co-pays are due the day of surgery. To determine surgical costs ahead of time, we highly recommend seeing you for the consultation before having any surgical procedures.
Why can’t you tell me how much it will cost over the phone?
Your surgery and surgery costs can only be determined after you have been examined by the surgeon. Your co-pays are typically determined by your insurance policy. If you have additional questions, feel free to call and speak with one of our surgery assistants.
Can you use the x-rays I have from my dentist rather than taking a new one at your office?
Sometimes patients have small periapical dental x-rays that were taken by their dentist. The surgeon may not be able to thoroughly evaluate the risks and complications associated with your surgery. However, we will ask the surgeon to review your x-ray.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer a 3rd party financing option through Care Credit. Care Credit offers six months deferred interest payment plans on all transactions over $200.00. Transactions over $1000 qualify for a 14.90% fixed monthly payment plan for 24, 36, or 48 months. All transactions exceeding $2500 qualify for the 14.90% fixed monthly plans for up to 60 months. Please see the link below for more information regarding the benefits of Care Credit.
What is a panoramic x-ray?
It is an x-ray of your upper and lower jaw on one big film. This is the machine that revolves completely around your head while you are standing. The surgeon uses this x-ray to evaluate potential risks and complications associated with your surgery.
What is the difference between local anesthesia versus IV sedation?