Your Oral Surgery Experience
Your Oral Surgery Experience
To say that oral surgery isn’t on anyone’s bucket list is an understatement – we get it! Surgery can be intimidating, and oral surgery is no exception. Whether it’s dental implants or surgery to repair facial trauma, undergoing any medical procedure can be nerve racking. To help patients prepare, we’ve put together a quick checklist of important points to keep in mind.
Experience and Certifications
We pride ourselves on providing the safest patient care possible, and we have the certifications and experience to back it up. Patients can be confident knowing that Dr. Larry Stewart and Dr. Wayne Michael are not only Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, but they have over 50 years of combined experience. They are also both certified in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Additionally, while most procedures today are office-based, Drs. Stewart and Michael maintain privileges at Medical City Plano, a Level I Trauma Center located in Plano, Texas.
Further, our entire surgical team at Texas Oral Surgery Group is Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) certified. This is the highest level of certification granted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), and is only awarded after completion of a demanding, examination-based program on office-based anesthesia.
Knowledge is Power
Nowhere is the old adage, “knowledge is power,” more true than in the medical profession. While this certainly extends to the doctor’s expertise, it also pertains to a patient’s understanding of the procedure.
Fear of the unknown is often the root cause of anxiety, and arming yourself with information is the best antidote. Ask questions! At Texas Oral Surgery Group, our job starts well before we put on the exam gloves. The team’s collective goal is to deliver the best patient experience possible, and that means making ourselves available for questions and ensuring patients understand the information provided. Patients who are prepared for both the procedure and associated healing period are more likely to have a smoother experience and faster recovery. So yes, questions are encouraged!
Communication is a two-way street, and just as it’s up to our team to ensure patients have all the information they need, the reverse is just as imperative. It’s vital that patients take an active role in sharing information. Medical history, including prescription, over-the-counter, or even recreational drug use, can greatly impact treatment and recovery. Now is not the time to be embarrassed; this is one scenario where over-sharing is encouraged.
We believe that while patients may not look forward to oral surgery itself, the experience doesn’t have to be frightening or uncomfortable. At Texas Oral Surgery Group, we work hard to make sure patients are informed and comfortable at every touch point. For over three decades, we have provided unsurpassed oral surgery treatment to residents of the Dallas – Ft. Worth area, and we continue to expand our reach with offices located in Plano, Denton, Decatur and Gainesville. Take a look around our website for more information on specific procedures and feel free to reach out if we can help in any way.
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