Patient Resources

Patient Resources for a Smooth Visit

We want your visit to the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen to be as smooth and simple as possible. That’s why we offer easily accessible new patient forms, pre-op and post-op instructions, and insurance information. You’ll have everything you need for a seamless appointment!

New Patient Forms
Our new patient forms help us get to know you and your dental health before you even walk through the door. These forms give us valuable information about your dental health history and will help Dr. Herrera determine the best treatment options for you. Whether this is your first visit to a dentist or you’re looking for a new office to call home, we can’t wait to get to know you! Download our forms here!

Pre-Op and Post-Op Instruction
From the moment we meet you to the end of your treatment, we will be with you every step of the way. We always keep patients informed about the details of their treatment because we want you to feel at ease and in control of your dental health. Our pre-op and post-op instructions will give you everything you need to be informed, healthy, and satisfied with your treatment. For a detailed step by step on what to do after your treatment, please download our post-op instructions here.

Insurance Information
Money should never come between you and your dental health. The Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen works with a wide range of insurance companies to make sure that your treatment is as affordable as possible. We are in network with: Delta Dental, Medicaid, Cigna Dental PPO, Dominion National, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Metlife, and Aetna.

Memberships Plans
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New Patient Forms

Our new patient forms help us get to know you and your dental health before you even walk through the door. These forms give us valuable information about your dental health history and will help Dr. Herrera determine the best treatment options for you. Whether this is your first visit to a dentist or you’re looking for a new office to call home, we can’t wait to get to know you!

New Patient Specials

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Pre-Op and Post-Op Instruction

From the moment we meet you to the end of your treatment, we will be with you every step of the way. We will always keep our patients informed about the details of their treatment because we want you to feel at ease and in control of your dental health. Our pre-op and post-op instructions will give you everything you need to be informed, healthy, and satisfied with your treatment. If you ever have any questions, our knowledgeable team is just a phone call away at (804) 556-1233.

Insurance Information

Money should never come between you and your dental health. The Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen works with a wide range of insurance companies to make sure that your treatment is as affordable as possible. We are in network with: Delta Dental, Cigna Dental Z230, Dominion National, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Aetna.

Are you a doctor looking to refer a patient? Download our patient referral form!

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Pre and Post Op Instructions

Surgical Instructions

Before Intravenous Sedation Anesthesia

  • Please do not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for 8 hours prior to your procedure.
  • Asthmatic patients please bring your non-expired inhaler the day of surgery.
  • Please do not smoke for at least 12 hours before surgery.
  • An adult must accompany you to the office, be present in the office during the procedure, and drive you home. If a pediatric case; then 2 adults must come.
  • No driving for 24 hours following IV anesthesia.
  • Loose fitting clothing; short sleeves; comfort shoes is highly recommended.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Please do not wear much nail polish nor makeup on the day of surgery.
  • If any cold symptoms like excessive cough, runny nose, recent asthma attack please contact us prior to your appointment. For safety, the doctor might be in need to reschedule your surgery.
  • For oral medications that you are currently on, your Dr. will give you instructions the day of the consult of what to do prior your procedure.

After Placement of Dental Implants

  • Bleeding
  • Mild bleeding is expected first 16-24hrs.Please keep firm constant pressure on gauze. You can change it every 30-45min for a new one until oozing stops.
  • If major, nonstop - continuous bleeding occurs please call the office right away.

Bone Grafting

  • It is common to see and feel little white particles in your mouth. Do not be alarmed; it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with the bone graft.
  • Please bite on gauze constantly and change it every hour.
  • If a small covering foam gets out of the surgical site; it is also not a problem.
  • Please take all the medications prescribed by Dr. Herrera. He will check the surgical site in your post-operative appointment.

Numb lower lip

  • If your lower lip is still numb after 24hrs please contact the office for assistance.
  • Sometimes it can get loose during the healing process; if so please call the office to replace it
  • They usually fall out themselves within the first 7-10 days following surgery

Diet

  • Soft foods the day of surgery (yogurt, milkshakes, pudding, smoothies, sof pasta)
  • Hydration is important (water, gatorade)

Ice Packs

  • Apply the ice pack for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute rest (please do it for first 24 hours).
  • Swelling is expected to increase first 48-72 hours. Sports, liking, activity
  • Avoid excessive physical activity for first 2-3 days to improve proper recovery and healing.

Medications

  • Most frequent prescribed depending each case: Ibuprofen; Hydrocodone, Antibiotics, Low dose steroids and/or Chlorhexidine.

After tooth extraction

Recovery and Home Care

The most important things to know about recovery from a tooth extraction are:

Blood Clots: It is very important to form a strong blood clot following surgery. You can help the process by biting ou a gauze pad for about an hour following the procedure.

Straws and Smoking: Do not use straws (or tobacco products) for several days following the surgery, as this will dislodge the clot, resulting in a very painful condition called “dry socket.”

Pain: As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience soreness for a few days. Patients are typically able to manage the pain adequately with over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen. Any necessary prescription medicines will be discussed prior to your surgery.

”Note: Specific tooth extraction home care instructions will be given prior to surgery, and we are here to answer any additional questions you have.

If you’ve been told you need an extraction, you’re not alone - most people will have a tooth extracted at some point during their life; like wisdom teeth. Dr. Herrera is here to provide you with the best care possible - offering a safe, seamless experience.


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