Things To Think About If Are Considering Oral or Facial Surgery Now

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Here are some things you might want to think about if you are still considering Oral or Facial Surgery but are unsure the best next steps during the pandemic.

There are currently a lot of unknowns when it comes to when the nation will once again be able to pursue any elective surgery, whether it be a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, or even cosmetic and facial surgery. What we do know for sure is that at some point, most likely within the next few months or sooner, the ban on elective surgeries will be lifted.

The question a lot of our patients are calling in and consistently asking is “What are my options? Am I a good candidate for oral or facial surgery now?  How can I be ready once the ban is lifted on elective surgeries?” Knowing there are still unknowns, to help with answering this question, we’ve put together a number of things to consider that you CAN take action on now, better preparing you for when elective surgeries become available again.

Do Your Research Now So You’re Prepared When The Ban Is Lifted

Knowing that once the ban is lifted, every person that was considering any form of elective surgery over the past few months will quickly be scrambling to learn what procedure they think is most likely to be the best fit for them, which doctor(s) they like, and then trying to get on our doctor’s calendar over the next few months. If you take the time to do your research now, you can determine the procedure(s) that you think make the most sense for your situation.  Our doctors are board certified with years’ of experience, credibility, and positive reputations.

SCHEDULE A SECURE VIDEO CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS

We are still holding patient consultations right now. We are just altering our approach when it comes to their consultations. The idea of telemedicine has been around and practiced for some time, but now, more than ever, it’s becoming increasingly important to use this more efficient service. During this time, talk to one of our associates to setup a secure video consultation using video telemedicine software that is HIPAA compliant and has at least 128-bit encryption security, so you can rest assured no one other than you and the doctor will be privy to the discussion.

Though, in many cases, an actual physical appointment will most likely still be necessary in order to fully confirm the best procedure for you, this virtual consultation with a doctor will allow you to ask questions, learn more about the procedures that are most likely the best fit for you, and even get on a wait list, so you don’t have to scramble to book an appointment once the ban on elective surgeries is lifted.

CONSIDER GETTING ON A WAITLIST FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Going back to our initial point of being prepared, once you have done your research and spoken with a doctor either via the phone or using a secure video consultation, you should have a good idea of the procedure you’d like to pursue. The main difference with what can occur now and what was available before the ban on elective surgeries is simply that in-person appointments cannot currently be conducted.

That said, most credible surgeons were already booking surgeries months in advance, prior to the U.S. Government ceasing the ability to perform elective surgery. For this reason, once there is confirmation regarding when the ban will be lifted, the teams at almost every credible oral & facial surgery practice will begin reaching out to their existing patients and people they have on a waitlist to book their appointment or procedure.

This is why we strongly recommend considering getting on a waitlist now since each of these waitlists will be on a first come first serve basis. The sooner you are able to confirm the procedure you are considering and be placed on a waitlist, the more likely you are to be able to book an appointment at one of our offices.  The likelihood is the demand for elective and cosmetic surgeries has not gone down, just the ability to perform this service has been temporarily put on pause. In summation, you should consider getting on a waitlist now so you aren’t potentially waiting until the fall or winter to have your procedure.

If you have any questions or would like to book a secure video consultation with our office, call us today or fill out the form on this page to set up your appointment.

Contact Our Phoenix Area Oral & Facial Surgeons

For 30 years, Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center has been Arizona’s leader for oral surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner are board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and dentists who are dedicated to changing the lives of their Scottsdale and Avondale patients. Focused on improving form and function, our team takes an all-inclusive approach to your health and aesthetics. Undergoing treatment at our state-of-the-art facility is a uniquely superb experience. With a relaxing environment and a kind, compassionate staff, Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are both top-of-the-line choices for a facial and oral surgeon. To schedule a consultation, contact our practice serving Scottsdale, Avondale, and the entire Phoenix area.

Zirconia Implants and the Evolution of the Dental Implant

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Many people are familiar with titanium dental implants. Some patients would prefer to avoid having a metallic implant placed and previously these patients’ desires were not able to be accommodated.

That has changed now with the Nobel Pearl Zirconia dental implant

Zirconia is a ceramic that is white in color and has been proven to be an effective dental implant material.  Advantages of a dental implant made of zirconia is natural aesthetics, improved attachment to gum tissue, and low plaque affinity.  

Dental implants are indicated to replace either a single tooth, or in some cases, multiple teeth. For anyone desiring a dental implant, whether constructed of titanium or zirconia, we would recommend a consult with us to evaluate the amount of bone present and space available for dental implant placement.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are uniquely talented at evaluating patients for dental implant placement. In some cases, bone grafting can be performed to build up lost bone to allow dental implant placement in areas that were previously too small for dental implant surgery. We work with your dentist who will build the tooth that attaches the dental implants once they are consolidated in your jaw. To learn more if you’re a good candidate for this implant procedure, schedule a consultation today.

Our Offices Are Open For All Procedures

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Guyette Oral Surgery Is Now Open To Serve You

Updated July 1st, 2020

Best wishes from the Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center, the offices of Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives and for a period of time, resulting in the closure of our offices for all but emergency procedures. Thankfully, our offices are back open and we are treating all patients, including those with non-emergent needs.  Although we are grateful and excited about returning to work, it is not the time to let down our guard.

For the safety of our patients and staff, we have kept Virtual Consults as something that will always be available at our offices. Schedule your virtual consult with either Dr. Guyette or Dr. Beehner and talk with them from the comfort of your own home. Call our offices today to set up your Virtual time.

We have carefully followed the progress of the pandemic and recommendations for minimizing its spread. Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Governor’s office we have formulated a plan that maximizes the safety of our patients, their families and our healthcare team. We have implemented many changes and would like to share them with you. As time passes and recommendations change, our protocols will also change. What will not change is our continued commitment to the safety of all.

PATIENTS:

  • To minimize in-office time, when at all possible, patient registration paperwork should be completed online through our website prior to arriving at the office.
  • Upon arrival at the Scottsdale office please call (480- 657-7065) or the Avondale office (623-512-4050) prior to entering.
  • Any person, patient, or escort, that comes into the office will complete a COVID-19 exposure intake form.
  • We request all individuals coming into the office to wear their own face mask.
  • We will take the temperature of every person entering the office

WAITING AREA:

  • We have reduced the number of chairs in the waiting room. Each chair is set a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Staff will be cleaning chairs, the general waiting area, and bathroom routinely.
  • Please bring your own reading material. There will be no magazines or books in the waiting area.
  • No food is permitted in the waiting room.

APPOINTMENTS:

  • Whether it be a surgical procedure or a surgical consultation, we request only necessary individuals be present.
    • If the patient is an adult, please come alone, have others wait in the car or outside.
    • If the patient is a minor, only one escort. All others wait in the car or outside.
  • Surgical and consultation appointments will be staggered to minimize the number of individuals in the waiting and surgical area.
  • After any appointment, all equipment and areas will be thoroughly cleaned per our protocol.

STAFF/DOCTOR:

  • Temperatures and COVID-19 exposure intake forms will be completed by the entire staff daily.
  • Any staff person feeling ill will stay home.
  • CMS and CDC universal source guidelines will be followed by all staff.
    • Masks will be worn in non-treatment and treatment areas.
    • Regular hand washing and sanitizing.
    • All staff will arrive at the office in regular personal clothing, change into work PPE, and upon completion of the day, change back into personal clothing. All scrubs (PPE) will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
    • Any staff member that comes in contact with a COVID-19 positive person or is being tested for COVID-19 will self-quarantine. They will not return to work without a note from their doctor.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

As these protocols are an adjustment for us all, we thank you for your patience. In order to ease the transition, the following will also be available.

  • If patient registration paperwork cannot be filled out online, other arrangements are possible.
  • If needed, another individual can phone into a consultation via speakerphone to listen and ask questions.
  • If an additional explanation of financial obligations, insurance, or options is needed, a follow-up phone call can be made.
  • Virtual Consultations, with encrypted software, are always available at our offices. Schedule your virtual consult with either Dr. Guyette or Dr. Beehner and talk with them from the comfort of your own home.
    • Call our offices today to set up your Virtual time.

The doctors and staff of the Guyette Facial and Oral Surgery Center appreciate the efforts made by all our citizens to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The practices of “social distancing,” “stay-in-place,” “self-quarantine,” and responsible use of critical materials is the reason Arizona has fewer infections to date than many other states. We also recognize the heroic efforts of the front-line health providers. It is a comfort to know that they are there if ever needed.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Guyette, DMD, MD
Dr. Mark Beehner, DDS, MD