FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Q:  What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries, and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. Their training includes a four-year graduate degree in dentistry and the completion of a minimum four-year hospital surgical residency program. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients who experience such conditions as problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors and cysts of the jaws and functional and esthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas. With specialized knowledge in pain control and advanced training in anesthesia, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is able to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting.

Q:   If my dentist takes x-rays, do I also need a panoramic x-ray before surgery?

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Dental x-rays are for the teeth and often do not show all of the related root, bone and nerve structures, which is particularly important when planning for oral surgery. A panoramic x-ray provides surgical screening x-ray examination of the entire upper and lower jaw structures. On occasion, more detailed imaging may be required.

Q:  What type of anesthesia can Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provide?

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We have extensive training in providing safe, effective outpatient anesthesia in our offices. Anesthesia administered in our office ranges from conscious sedation, to deep IV sedation and general anesthesia. The level of anesthesia administered is carefully matched to the specific needs of our patient and the type of procedure. If you have concerns about general or local anesthesia, a member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions.

Q:  Do I need to schedule a consultation before having surgery?

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Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery doctors will provide a pre-surgery assessment and plan at a separate appointment or on the date of surgery. We will perform a thorough oral examination and review of your general health. Many of our patients have the office visit and surgery on the same day. It is important that you do not have food or beverages (including water) for 6 hours before surgery if you expect general anesthesia (often referred to as going to sleep).