First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Any recent X-Rays
  • A list of medications you are presently taking.
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.

A preoperative consultation and physical examination is recommended for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink eight hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).


If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.


To properly plan difficult cases, Dr. Whitesides must have the best possible radiographic information in the form of a three-dimensional CT scan or (CBCT).


The CBCT is a safe and advanced technology which will provide Dr. Whitesides with a high degree of anatomic truth to properly plan and execute your case. The high tech data obtained with a CBCT allows the doctors to forecast your surgical treatment plan to provide for minimal possible complications and increase the opportunity for success of the dental implants and the prosthesis.


Dr. Whitesides can arrange for you to obtain your CBCT prior to your visit. Simply call the office to make such arrangements.