Your First Visit
Walter K. Murphy, DDS, is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM until 5:00 PM; Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 AM until 2 PM. The Tappahannock office is open two Tuesdays each month with the exception of holidays.
Please call us at (804) 746-1864 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. 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.
What to Bring
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Forms - You may download and print out your REFERRAL FORM here and take it to your referring dentist's office.
For your convenience, you may fill out on your computer the forms you will need for pre-registration, then print them out and bring them with you to your appointment. You may download these forms HERE.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the insurance cards. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- 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.
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 mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery.
For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and personal checks. Payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (804) 746-1864.
Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.
Our office works hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date. They can be reached by phone at (804) 746-1864.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding your initial visit.
Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reimbursement.
We will file claims to your insurance for you. Most insurance claims are processed within four to six weeks; however, processing may take longer if we are filing to multiple insurances or if your insurance requires additional information to process your claim. Once your insurance has processed your claim, any remaining balance after payments and deductions is your responsibility and we will send you a statement. Your prompt remittance is appreciated.
We are committed to providing you with a safe environment. Sterilization is a high priority in our office, and we adhere to the highest standards of infection control in accordance with the CDC and OSHA guidelines.
Each one of our instruments and handpieces undergo thorough sterilization, as well as a heat and pressure process called autoclaving. For quality assurance purposes, our autoclave device is frequently monitored to verify proper sterilization.
Ambulatory (or outpatient) anesthesia is safe, convenient and cost effective. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have an established history of providing quality anesthesia care in the office setting. Recent studies indicate that the mortality rate is 1:600,000-750,000 for deep sedation/general anesthesia administered by the dental surgeon also performing the surgical procedure. To put this in perspective, the estimated risk of mortality/morbidity during general anesthesia administered for a tonsillectomy is 1:40,000.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialty of dentistry. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who has gone on to complete a minimum of four years of postdoctoral education and surgical residency training. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are thoroughly trained in the proper administration of anesthetic agents. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is knowledgeable in pain and anxiety control and possesses extensive clinical experience in all anesthetic techniques including general anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, and local anesthesia.
General anesthesia, IV sedation, or local anesthesia as well as virtually all drugs, medications and treatments carry an inherent risk. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have been in the forefront to promote regulations and parameters of care for anesthesia delivery to help reduce this risk to a minimum. Ongoing voluntary self-regulation of the specialty and its member oral and maxillofacial surgeons has helped reduce this risk to patients even further.
No one should refrain from obtaining needed oral health care out of fear of anesthesia. It is important to realize that there is very little risk of anesthesia complications in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office that follows established guidelines.
This office follows all guidelines and parameters of care set forth by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
If you have any questions about anesthesia, please discuss them with Dr. Murphy. He will be happy to explain the procedures followed by our office.