Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery FAQs

This page can answer the following questions:

  • What is Maxillofacial surgery and who would need it?
  • What is the process involved in having Maxillofacial surgery done?
  • Follow-up after the procedure
  • Insurance considerations for surgery

What is Maxillofacial surgery and who would need it?

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery encompasses the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of the head and neck area. An Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon cares for patients with facial fractures and lacerations, is trained in the facial reconstruction of malformed jaw structures, manages patients with lesions of Oral and Maxillofacial area, treats jaw dysfunction, reconstructs areas of missing teeth with dental implants and perform surgical removal of teeth.  Drs. Fonseca, Parworth, Logan, Hayes, & Burgon are certified in anesthesia and administer general anesthesia and IV sedation within the office setting. Patients are monitored during and after the surgery. Surgery is also performed in the hospital setting.

Our surgical staff are experienced Oral and Maxillofacial surgical assistants who assist in the administration of general anesthesia and surgery. All clinical staff are certified in DAANCE (Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination), X-ray and CPR.

What is the process involved in having Maxillofacial surgery done?

The first step: Setting up your initial appointment
Our offices are open Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5 PM. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see that they had.

The second step: The initial appointment
Your initial appointment with our office consists of a consult visit, explaining your diagnosis and probable treatment. Consult and same-day surgery can be done sometimes, but normally, a second appointment will be scheduled to provide treatment on another day.

You’ll need to bring the following information to your consult:

  • A referring doctors slip
  • Any X-rays from your referring doctors
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • Medical or dental insurance information and forms
  • We also ask that you please inform our office of any medical condition that may be of concern of the time of your consult

REMEMBER: A parent or guardian must accompany All patients under 18 years of age at the time in the visit.

The third step: The day of your procedure
REMEMBER: You must be accompanied by someone who will drive you home and the driver may not leave the premises during your surgery.
We ask patients and visitors to please refrain from eating or drinking in the waiting room since surgery patients have been without food or drink for several hours prior to their visit.

Follow up: After the procedure
One of our doctors is always on call for the office 24 hours a day. After office hours, you may contact the surgical assistant on call by dialing 1-828 255-7781. You’ll dial in your number at the tone and they will be paged and return your call. The surgical assistance will assess your situation and contact the Dr. on call to further assist your needs.