On your Arrival at the dental clinic:
When you arrive at the clinic, the reception staff will welcome you to the clinic and ask you do you know what treatment you are having. If you are unsure what treatment you are having if any, this will be clarified during your consultation.
They will check that we have a referral letter and x ray.
You do not need a referral letter, but it is helpful as it will provide information about the treatment you may need. You may attend without a referral letter.
If your dentist has an x ray of your teeth, it is helpful if you bring it with you or you have your dentist forward it on to us, as it means we may not need to take another one. You always need an x-ray before lower wisdom teeth are removed.
You will be asked to fill out a medical history form . This is to ensure that there we know of any medical condition you may have which may interfere with your treatment.
You will be asked to supply a list of medications which you are taking and for what conditions. If you are taking multiple medications it is helpful if you bring a pre-prepared list.
The reception staff will then take payment and details of any health insurance you may have. Wisdom tooth removal and surgical extractions are normally covered by your medical insurance. Insurance will not cover the cost of consultations, x rays or sedation.
We will contact your insurance company for you to clarify your cover for removal of wisdom teeth or surgical extraction. Patients who contact their own insurance company to clarify their cover will often be given incorrect and confusing information. We will contact your insurance company on your behalf when you attend.
In general terms your insurance company will cover the extraction of wisdom teeth if you are a member for 6 months and the symptoms are new. Insurance companies may not cover the cost of your extractions if the symptoms have been present for a long period of time or if your insurance has lapsed for a period of time.
Health insurance will cover the cost of your extraction; however they will not cover the cost of consultations, x rays or sedation.
Next Dr Murnane will greet you bring you into a consulting room.