Few patients look forward to oral surgery. In fact, thanks to all the common misconceptions about head, neck, face and jaw surgery, many people even fear or put off getting treatment.
At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we’ve found that patients are often influenced by misinformation. To address this, we are debunking four of the most common myths about oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Myth No. 1: Oral Surgery Is Painful
Oral and maxillofacial surgery have long been associated with pain. And, yes, in the distant past, procedures were not pain-free.
However, surgical techniques have been perfected over the years and are now as painless as possible. Plus, these procedures are always performed under anesthesia, so patients feel no discomfort during the procedure. These days, surgery relieves pain — it’s not the cause.
Myth No. 2: Oral Surgery Anesthesia Is Risky
Some patients are worried about the safety of anesthesia. However, research has proven that anesthesia and sedation are safe when administered by oral surgeons who have completed formal training in anesthesiology.
Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield are both trained in all aspects of anesthesia and sedation administration. So our patients trust us to provide safe and effective treatment.
Myth No. 3: Oral Surgery Recovery Is a Long, Hard Road
One of the most persistent myths about surgical treatment concerns the recovery period. For whatever reason, many people think that they’ll be out of work (and in pain) for weeks after their procedure.
The truth? While complex surgical procedures do have longer healing times, in most cases, recovery takes just a few days. And when patients follow the post-operative instructions, discomfort is usually minimal.
Myth No. 4: Oral Surgery Costs a Small Fortune
Many surgical procedures aren’t as expensive as patients expect. And patients are often pleasantly surprised to learn that some medically necessary treatments are partially or even fully covered by their dental insurance.
When it comes to handling out-of-pocket costs, some surgical offices — including Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah — offer affordable monthly payment plans to put treatment in anyone’s financial reach.
And preventive care can save you money in the long run. Left untreated, tooth, gum and jaw problems often get worse — and therefore, more expensive to correct.
If you are still worried about getting surgical treatment, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can answer all your questions. Our professional team is committed to providing the highest level of care to every patient, and we look forward to addressing your concerns about oral and maxillofacial procedures. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to schedule an oral surgery consultation today.