Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. We understand that seeing a surgeon can be stressful. We will do everything we can do to make you feel more comfortable. Part of that is to provide as much information here as we can so that you can learn about us from the comfort of your home instead of sitting infront of the doctor.
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. We will often sedate patients to make things more comfortable as well as give you medications to take before your day of surgery.
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.
- Be sure to fill out our Patient Registration
- View our online videos! to get information about the type of procedure you are considering. This will make your visit more efficient.
- If you will need financial assistance for treatment you can get pre-approved with our third party financing at CareCredit.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or 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.).
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.
Help us help you!
Below you will find our TOP 8 list of what to do and NOT to do so that you have a better experience.
1. Don’t wait until the night before surgery to pick up your prescriptions. Pharmacies lose records of prescriptions a lot and Dr. McNeill does not carry a pen and paper too often if you call him at night.
2. Use a non-narcotic medicine as your first line of medicine for discomfort. The best medicines are Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve . Use Tylenol If you can not take these medicines. Save the narcotics for break through discomfort.
3. Use your legal name in our office. Insurance companies and pharmacies have trouble with nicknames.
4. Tell us the truth. We can handle it…..when it comes to if you ate food when you were not supposed to.
5. We have payment options to help make your treatment more affordable. It is best to talk about these options before the day of surgery.
6. Don’t forget your headphones. Music can help to relax you. Even if we are sedating you music played before we start helps to reduce your anxiety, makes you more comfortable and it also can allow us to use less medication which can help speed your recovery.
8. Take some deep breathes. We know that coming to see us can make you anxious but did you know that slowing down your exhale makes your body relaxed? Just try to exhale twice as long as your inhale! It works.