Online Patient Forms
Please click on the links below to access New Patient Forms for Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Insurance and Financial Information
Affordability is an important aspect of our patient care. We are providers for all major insurance carriers and work diligently with them to make the most out of your insurance. Our patient care coordinator has extensive experience in insurance, and we will assist you to help minimize your co-pay. After your initial consultation, we will establish a personalized treatment plan and a summary of your estimated fees. At this time, we will be able to discuss your insurance benefits and determine payment arrangements that best suit your needs.
Along with accepting insurance, we accept all major credit cards and partner with third-party financing groups, including LendingClub and CareCredit.
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Words of Wisdom
Over the past few years, with all the changes in our healthcare system and sluggish economy, physician and dentist practices alike have undergone changes to survive and remain profitable. Since you are on a specialty practice website, we will review some of the problems affecting our particular specialty and will focus primarily on why you as a consumer should be aware of the evolved changes, and how they may affect you or your loved ones. Remember! Educated patients make better doctors. Our primary focus is to educate our patients to learn the importance of specialty care. We are devoted to the specialties we have trained for many years, and our facility is devoted to only our specialties. We utilize a surgical suite comparable to hospital surgical suites. This assures our commitment to you; that is Safety. Please read the following sections to learn more:
Corporate Dentistry ›
Historically, the conventional specialty practices, such as oral surgery and periodontics were privately owned and operated by the doctor, he/she made all the decisions and more importantly provided adequate follow-up care for his/her patients.
Today, corporate dentistry has become profitable for investors that have no knowledge about the field of dentistry. Franchised dental clinics hire recent graduate dentists with minimal patient care experience. New dentists join the clinics primarily for financial security and lack of experience to run a private practice. Another model is for private general dental practices to hire independent contractor specialists. The specialist is only in that office for one or two days in a given month. A general dentist or a different doctor may perform the consultation visit, and if you are lucky your actual procedure is performed by a specialist doctor. Post-operative care, proper follow-ups, unforeseen complications requiring close monitoring and timely interventions may not be done by your treating specialist.
Follow-Up Care ›
For follow up care, relying on an individual with less or no expertise in a field, in this case, surgery; increases chances of misdiagnosis, wrong treatments, or inadequate care. In the field of oral surgery, where our patients frequently undergo IV anesthesia for procedures, there needs to be strict protocol for patient safety. Unfortunately, general dental practices and corporate dentists are not equipped and suited for surgical procedures, in particular, surgical procedures under anesthesia.
What measures can you take to become a more educated dental consumer?
- Do your research on the qualifications of the doctor.
- Make sure the facility focuses only on specialty care and the doctors are not “the jack of all trades.”
- Make sure the same doctor that performed your consultation will perform your surgery and follow up care.
- If you are going under anesthesia for your procedure, ask if the facility is accredited for surgery. Accreditation will ensure strict protocol that every surgeon must follow for patient safety and optimal results.
- Ask if the doctor has had adequate anesthesia training. In this field, only Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and medical anesthesiologists have adequate training to perform safe and predictable anesthesia.
- Remember! Just because it is dentistry, it does not make your procedure risk free or less important.