Often, your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please note, as stated, Dr. DeSantis is a specialist and at times some unforeseen referrals, surgical issues or conditions may arise that will cause the office to run behind. Unfortunately, appointments are very rarely sometimes delayed or postponed. We appreciate your patience in this matter but be rest assured, the doctor spends as much time as is necessary with each patient and know that if you were involved in a situation that required more attention the same care would be afforded.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION is a fast easy process that will increase the efficiency of your office visit and allow you to avoid paperwork in the office. We recommend this.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the consultation visit.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink eight hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
It is particularly important to make us aware if you premedicate with antibiotics for cardiac issues or joint replacement, if you take coumadin (warfarin), or if you do now or have in the past take a bisphosphonate type medication (ie. Fosamax/Boniva etc).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility- if this is done we will happily forward copies to your dentist upon request.