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Surgical Instructions

Prescriptions and Medications

  • Have any prescriptions filled prior to your surgery date.
  • A sedative is available upon request.
  • The sedative must be taken one hour prior to appointment.
  • If a sedative is taken, you must have a driver.
  • If Motrin (Ibuprofen) and/or an antibiotic are prescribed, begin taking as directed on your prescription.
  • We advise you to take the pain medication before your numbness wears off.
  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin 3 to 5 days prior to surgery, as they are blood thinners and may cause excessive bleeding and delay healing.
  • Please eat a good meal before your appointment, as you will be numb when you leave and may not feel like eating for a while.

Have an Ice Pack at Home

  • The use of ice will help reduce swelling and pain after surgery.
  • Ice is useful for the first 6-8 hours after surgery.
  • Moist heat may be applied the day following surgery, for additional comfort.

Diet Suggestions

  • Have soft foods available: pasta, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu and potatoes are good choices.
  • Make certain to eat prior to surgery, you may not feel much like eating after surgery, and it will be helpful when taking your medications.
  • Avoid caffeine before surgery.


  • Allow 24 to 48 hours of rest after your surgery.
  • Minimize your activity during this time.
  • Avoid activities that will elevate your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Healing will occur much faster by resting.

Your First Visit

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Your First Vist to Churney Periodontal

Most of Dr. Churney’s or Dr. Adam’s patients have been referred by their primary dentist for evaluation. A periodontal evaluation is the most thorough way to detect gum disease. It’s a good bet, if your dentist asked you to call Churney Periodontal, they did so with your health in mind.

If you weren’t referred, that’s ok, too. We applaud your willingness to be proactive in your dental well-being! Many studies show that our dental health and our overall health are closely linked. As we like to say, healthy gums for healthy lives.

Initial Evaluation
Your first visit will be a thorough evaluation followed by a discussion of our findings. So that we can properly prepare you, we typically do not schedule initial exams and treatment on the same day; we want to make sure you have all the information you need, and that all of your questions are answered prior to any treatment being provided.

If you have been referred by your dentist, this will give him/her time to send over necessary information to make the best assessment for your dental health.

Ask Questions
A large majority of people don’t know what a Periodontist is until they are referred to one. That’s ok! Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to feel completely comfortable. Churney Periodontal will provide you with all the information you need to make the decision that is best for you. Your dental health is our number one concern, and providing the most current research, up-to-date procedures, and information is a priority for us.

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Financial Policy

Financing through Care Credit

Churney Periodontal is proud to be a team whose primary mission is to deliver the finest and most comprehensive periodontal services available today.
We are concerned about your dental care and want to ensure that it is performed in the most responsible manner. In order to assist you with the investment in your dental health, we have outlined our financial policy.

All accounts are due and payable at the time any services are rendered unless other arrangements have been made. Our bookkeeping policy prevents us from carrying balances of 90 days, unless there is an insurance issue related to it.

Methods of Payment

Cash, Check, or Credit Card
Check (Personal or Certified), Cash or Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express) are accepted for payment of services. As always your dental health is our primary concern, so feel free to discuss with us possible payment options.

Methods of Payments, Churney Periodontal
Methods of Payments, Churney Periodontal

Care Credit
Care Credit is a program that offers no interest payment plans (3, 6 & 12 months) or extended payment plans for treatment fees upon approved credit.

For more information they can be contacted directly at 1-800-365-8295 or online at:

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Patient Forms & Documents

Patient Forms & Documents

We include a list of all of the forms and documents that are included in our New Patient Packet. Churney Periodontal has placed these forms online so you have the opportunity to reference them, to read over them before your first appointment, or even print them ahead of time and fill them out.

These forms will always be available to you in our office and there will always be a staff member available to go over the information with you if you have questions or need assistance with the forms.

New Patient Packet


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Notice of Privacy Practices / HIPAA
Notice of Privacy Practices / HIPAA

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HIPAA, which stands for the American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, is a set of rules to be followed by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. HIPAA took effect on April 14, 2006. HIPAA helps ensure that all medical records, medical billing, and patient accounts meet certain consistent standards with regard to documentation, handling and privacy.

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