Person Leaning on Big Red Question Mark Vector GraphicAt Southern Arizona Periodontics we understand that surgery can be a scary concept for many patients. One way to assuage these fears is to ask questions and voice any concerns. The following information is a list of common questions you should ask during your consultation appointment.

Expertise and Qualifications

The first thing you should do is pick a periodontist with the proper expertise and qualifications. Dr. Edward Cole and Dr. Susan Sharp specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. We have the necessary training and education to safely and effectively perform some oral surgeries.

What Is Your Experience With This Procedure?

Talk with us about our experience with the procedure in question. Ask about similar surgeries, outcomes, and anything else that can help you better understand the entire process. While new periodontist are not necessary unqualified to perform procedures, the added experience is certainly a benefit. Our experience can reduce your overall risk for certain complications. We have been serving the Southern Arizona community for more than 30 years!

What Should I Expect After the Surgery?

Before agreeing to oral surgery, you should ask us about the recovery process. This allows you to plan for time off of work, and make any special arrangements. Depending on your specific surgery, we will likely advise you to take certain medications before your procedure. You may also be prescribed antibiotics and pain-relievers post-surgery to ensure a comfortable and successful recovery.

Most oral surgeries are outpatient procedures that allow you to return to your daily activities relatively quickly. More invasive surgeries typically require a longer recuperation period. Regardless of your procedure, be sure to give yourself ample time to recover fully. Be sure to also ask about any physical or dietary restrictions. We will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions before you leave our office.

What Are the Risks Involved With the Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, there will always be certain risk factors. While most oral surgeries are a relatively low risk, be sure to ask about possible complications. Following our post-operative instructions can significantly reduce your risk of infection, failure, and other issues. We will also ask you to schedule follow-up appointments so we can monitor your progress. Be sure to contact us immediately if your experience excess swelling, bruising, bleeding, or discomfort.

What Are My Sedation Options?

We offer some sedation options for our patients. Oral surgery generally involves the use of a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate pain. For more extensive surgeries we may also suggest the use of nitrous oxide or IV sedation. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” places the patient in a more relaxed and euphoric state. IV sedation puts patients in a twilight state and produces an amnesia effect. We may also recommend sedation for patients with severe anxiety associated with dental procedures.

Schedule Your Consultation

Of course, the best way to ask questions is in person. Please call 520-322-9300 to schedule your consultation appointment now.