Comprehensive Patient Guide
Click below to explore our helpful and informative guide on the most common procedures offered at Louisiana OIS in Q&A format (with pictures and videos). You will find nearly all of your most important questions answered clearly and personally by Dr. Maskas.
The entire guide is written by Dr. Maskas!
Nickolas S. Maskas DDS, MD
A Word From Nick
Dear patients and referring doctors,
I would like to thank you for choosing me to be your oral surgeon. I am humbled that you would entrust me with your care, and I do not take this responsibility lightly. My approach to the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery begins with treating each patient and referral in the manner I would expect a health care provider to treat myself or a family member. My primary goal is to build trust with you and decrease uncertainty.
I understand that as patients and referring doctors you are looking for a provider not only with excellent technical ability, but also someone who takes the time to genuinely talk with and listen to patients. Your decision to entrust your care to me is an important one, and it should be understood that I will take whatever steps necessary to thoroughly explain all treatment options.
Similarly, I believe in the importance of direct and honest communication as well as business practices. My promise to patients and referring doctors is to provide an authentic and practical conversation during consultations rather than a sales pitch.
Furthermore, I believe that you as a patient or referral should have questions and concerns addressed in a timely manner. My promise to you is that as your provider I will be accessible in times of need.
I am blessed with the opportunity to start my practice in southwest Louisiana. In my opinion, the people and culture are unmatched anywhere. I’m glad to be home, and want to thank you again for the privilege of being your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
About Dr. Maskas
Dr. Maskas is a native of DeRidder, Louisiana. From a young age he was drawn to the field of medicine which would eventually lead to his opportunity to serve patients in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Maskas attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology, graduating summa cum laude in 2009 and was a recipient of the president’s 4.0 GPA award. He then attended LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, graduating first in his class in 2013 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon’s Student Award and the International College of Dentists Leadership Award, among others.
He began his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Florida in 2013 by entering medical school. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2016 and was the recipient of the surgical clerkship award. After medical school he completed an internship in general surgery with the University of Florida Department of Surgery. Throughout his time at the University of Florida he received extensive training in the practice of anesthesiology and personally completed over 700 adult and pediatric anesthesia cases.
Throughout his surgical training he gained expert knowledge and skills in areas including corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic), TMJ surgery, facial trauma, reconstructive surgery, surgical management of maxillofacial pathology, bone grafting, dental implants, and management of impacted teeth. He was chief resident of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery from 2018-2019. He completed training in June 2019, moving directly to Lake Charles to begin serving the community at Louisiana Oral & Implant Surgery. As of 2021, Dr. Maskas has completed the board certification exam and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Maskas enjoys music, cooking, tennis, piano, and spending time with his family during his time away from practice.
Our Practice Philosophy
At Louisiana Oral & Implant surgery, our goal is to increase patient trust and decrease patient anxiety to create an exceptional patient experience for every patient, every time. We are focused first and foremost on the service to our patients. Our objective is to treat every patient as we would want ourselves or our family members to be treated. Entrusting your surgical care to a practice is an important decision and we want to begin earning your trust from the minute you walk through our front doors. Throughout each interaction, we want to put your mind at ease and leave no question unanswered. Our simple and direct approach to treatment planning will help you clearly understand every aspect of your different options. From understanding treatment options to paying for treatment and addressing questions after surgery, we are available to guide you through each step of the way. Thank you for entrusting us with your care.
Louisiana Oral & Implant Surgery Team