What do I bring to my first appointment?
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip from your dentist and any X-rays, if applicable
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- Completed medical or dental insurance forms and your insurance card(s), if applicable (This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.)
- Driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID, to protect against identity theft
IMPORTANT: If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the consultation visit.
To make the registration process run as smoothly as possible, please complete the patient registration form on our website prior to your initial consultation.
What happens during my consultation?
When you arrive for your first visit, you will be greeted by our friendly office staff who will ensure that the proper registration information is collected for your treatment. During your initial appointment, Dr. Cohen will perform a consultation and comprehensive examination, explaining your diagnosis and outlining their recommended treatment options. At Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we utilize Cone Beam Computing Technology (CBCT) to obtain 3D images of your condition that cannot be produced from conventional X-rays. This latest technology helps us ensure that you receive the most accurate diagnosis, which in turn allows us to provide you with the most optimal results. Following your diagnosis, we will help you determine the treatment plan that you feel comfortable with and choose the best option for anesthesia or sedation during the procedure.
In some circumstances, surgery can be done 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 alert the office prior to surgery if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (e.g., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If you will be undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery, a pre-operative consultation and physical examination are required prior to your treatment. On the day of treatment, you will need to arrange for an adult to drive you to the office and home following the procedure. Please do not eat or drink six hours prior to your surgery if you are having intravenous anesthesia.