Update 4/30/2020

*** Northwest Florida OMS update 4/30/2020

Dear Patients,

We have missed seeing you all! We hope you are safe and staying well during the pandemic. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. Our commitment to your safety has not changed.

We are happy to get back to treating the many issues that we have asked you to postpone for the past 6 weeks. Our staff will be in the office on a regular basis beginning next week, May 4, 2020!
We will resume screening and treating all of the urgent issues that require surgery.
In an effort to protect all of our patients, NWFOMS will continue telehealth services in order to evaluate all conditions and determine the need for in-office imaging, evaluation and surgery.

Infection control and patient safety have always been top priorities for our practice. We follow infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). You will recognize some changes that have been made in an effort to protect our patients and staff. In keeping with the current guidelines set forth by our Governor, only patients will be allowed in the office. We will ask that you wait in your vehicle until we ask you to enter the office. Our office will communicate with you prior to arrival and ask some screening questions and explain our protocol for your visit.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please email us at office@northwestfloridaoms.com in order to complete your evaluation virtually and schedule a procedure. You can also call 850-478-7070 and our staff will be happy to assist you.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate welcoming back our patients safely.


Dr. Laggan, Dr. Morris, and the entire staff at Northwest Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

In accordance with Executive Order 20-72, NWFOMS is only available for urgent / emergent surgeries and at this time, we will continue to be open everyday in order to treat emergency patients. 
We continue to screen all patients before they come to the office and will only see patients if they fall into the above category.  We do not let patients in the office until they have been triaged via phone or virtually first.  For patients with lower risk of COVID-19, we take temps at the door and provide necessary care. We then have the patient rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide, sanitize hands at the door, examine, and treat appropriately.  We will then escort the patient to the parking area and sanitize behind them before the next patient enters.  
Like everyone, we will be experiencing a shortage of PPE which may limit our already limited capabilities.   The ER’s at our hospitals rely on oral and maxillofacial surgeons to continue to treat emergent patients in our office-based practice to minimize the exposure risk to the public and to help ease the burden on already overtaxed emergency rooms. If there is any suspicion/ risk of COVID-19, (requiring treatment in a negative pressure environment, with full coverage) we will not be able to see the patient in the office and will direct them appropriately with inpatient capability.  OMSs have always practiced at the highest level when it comes to safety, and we will continue to do so.  We will be safe and We will get through this together!  


*** Northwest Florida OMS COVID-19 Update 3/20/2020

*** Northwest Florida OMS COVID-19 Update 3/20/2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-72, prohibiting non-urgent / non-emergency surgeries in the state of Florida, however we will continue to be open everyday in order to treat emergency patients.

All non-essential elective medical and surgical procedures are included in order to conserve medical supplies and resources, preserve essential resources and control the potential spread of COVID-19.

NWFOMS has been following the CDC guidelines and recommendations of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and postponing elective procedures and visits to help mitigate the spread of COVID- 19.

We ask for your assistance as Northwest Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery realizes the responsibility to help our patients with non-elective surgical treatment and focus on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve pain or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments.

NWFOMS is concerned for the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to adhere to all CDC guidelines for health care facilities and wipe down all surfaces thoroughly between patients sanitizing all clinical spaces and other high touch areas and are currently taking additional precautionary steps.

We are instituting NO WAITING ROOM WAITING
1. Stay in your vehicle and call when you arrive.
2. We will call you when your room is ready.
3. Patients only enter through the entry on the side of the building.
4.  Patient Screening including skin temperature scanning will take place before being seated and patients will be escorted to their vehicle after the visit.

We will continue to follow the Florida department of health for specific orders and guidance.


During a recent Dental Implant Consultation, a patient asked if 6mm of space between her teeth would be enough space for a dental implant?

She was missing her lateral incisor (one of her front teeth)  and wanted to replace that tooth without altering the undamaged teeth on either side of the edentulous space.

During our consultation visit, we covered past medical history and current overall health and a clinical evaluation of the bone and soft tissue at the site and radiographic interpretation of the supporting jaw bone.

Success rate of dental implants depends on all of these things and my patient was healthy, non-diabetic, and without any periodontal disease affecting the supporting tissues of the mouth. The minimal space required between an implant and each adjacent root is 1.5mm.  We have good quality dental implants with narrow platform diameters of 3mm and this implant would be a perfect solution for a 6mm space.  Additionally the implant should have 1mm of bone surrounding it in all directions in order to be successful.

Rates of success of endosseous dental implants are reported greater than 98% in healthy patients, when the implants are placed by an experienced surgeon and restored by a dentist experienced in implant restoration.

It is important to remember that for dental implant treatment outcomes to be successful, close collaboration is required between your restoring dentist and the surgeon performing the dental implant placement.

Read more about Endosseous Dental Implants at Northwest Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery here.

– Dr. Laggan