Every dentist in Washington is licensed to perform all dental procedures. Most, however, choose to limit their practices to certain phases and will refer patients for surgery.
Dr. Fortner: "Your dentist can give you a choice--to have your necessary surgical procedure performed at another location or in the convenient and familiar surroundings of his or her own office."
As with many areas of healthcare, oral surgery procedures have improved dramatically over the last decade.
Dr. Fortner: "One of my primary goals is to provide you with the most comfortable, safe, and convenient care possible. Modern treatment techniques and the latest anesthetic methods--both oral and IV--keep anxiety and discomfort to an absolute minimum."
"An IV (conscious) sedation procedure, or 'twilight sleep,' is not a general anesthetic that requires large doses. In fact, in virtually all of my cases, patients have experienced no unpleasant awareness or memory of discomfort during their procedures."
Gentle treatment--respect and caring of each patient's total needs, both before and after surgery--is assured.
Dr. Fortner: "You may call me or your personal dentist after consultation and/or surgery. I will give you my direct number. Both your dentist and I will be available on a 24-hour basis to assist you with any questions or concerns."