Oral Surgery
in santa barbara
& montecito, ca

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is performed on the tissues of your mouth, teeth and gums. Maxillofacial surgery is closely related to oral surgery, and is defined as surgical procedures in your jaw, head, or face. It is difficult to know whether or not you need oral surgery unless you’ve first had a consultation with a dentist and oral surgeon. Common procedures include extractions & bone grafting, sinus augmentations, the placement of dental implants,  the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, and reconstructive jaw surgeries.

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What to expect: The oral surgery process

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Dr. Hlavaty performs the majority of surgical procedures here in our office. If your procedure is something more complex (such as severely impacted wisdom teeth or jaw surgery), he will likely refer you to one of the trusted maxillofacial surgeons that he works with here locally.

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Treatment Planning & Preparation

Dr. Hlavaty will talk you through your recommended treatment options, the surgery related to the treatment plan, what to expect the day of the procedure, and how to prepare.

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Sedation Options

Dr. Hlavaty works with concious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia regularly, and will recommend the right sedation option based on your surgery and your needs. For IV sedation or general anesthesia, you may need to have an additional consultation with our Dental Anesthesiologist.

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Day of Surgery

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment the day of your surgery if you are having sedation. Dr. Hlavaty will make specific recommendations for you, but you should plan for a day off and to have someone be with you for the rest of the day after your surgery.

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Healing & Aftercare

Give yourself a few days to heal after surgery. Swelling and discomfort for the next 24 hours is normal. Keep your head elevated and use ice packs to reduce swelling. Take any medications as directed by your doctor. And stick to a soft food diet for the first 48 hours after surgery.

Did you know…

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The most common oral surgery is the removal of wisdom teeth.

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How long does oral surgery take?

It completely depends on the procedure and the complexity of your case. Simpler procedures, such as tooth extractions, can take minutes; more time may be needed to properly sedate you. Complex procedures, like placing dental implants for a full arch or teeth, can take hours. Your oral surgeon will give you a thorough explanation of the procedure, tell you how to properly prepare, and let you know what to expect on the day.

How much does oral surgery cost?

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The cost of oral surgery varies from procedure to procedure. Similar to time commitment, simpler surgeries will be less expensive and complex surgeries will be more expensive. If your dental and/or medical insurance does not cover your oral surgery, consider loans or a payment plan to get the care you need.

Is oral surgery covered by insurance?

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Possibly, depending on your insurance provider and coverage. You should talk to your dental and medical insurance providers to see if your recommended oral surgery is covered. It may also be worthwhile to file your claim with both your dental insurance provider and your medical insurance provider, since the surgery may qualify as a medically necessary procedure.

Did you know…

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The average recovery time for most oral surgeries is typically only 3 days or less.

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