First Time Visitor Information
Everything You Need to Know for Your First Visit
Preparing for Your Visit
Please familiarize yourself with our important practice policies:
If you are expecting treatment, read our patient instructions:
Bringing Required Information
If you haven’t already, you can register yourself as a new patient online. This can save you time and prevent forgetting to bring important information to your visit.
Please bring the following with you on your first visit:
- Photo ID
- Insurance cards
- Referral card or slip
- List of current medications
- Medical and dental health history
- Completed medical/dental insurance forms
- Recent X-rays (within 6 months)
To ensure accurate diagnosis, it is very important that x-rays are recent (within six months). If you had x-rays taken with a previous dentist, you may request that they forward them to our office. If additional films seem necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
During Your Visit
What to expect:
The first visit will start with a review of your medical and dental history and an initial examination. After a comprehensive examination, any dental findings will be directly discussed with you. Dental X-rays (pictures) are taken, if necessary, to ensure a thorough examination followed by oral hygiene instructions to emphasize proper oral health care. All aspects of a preventive dental health program including diet, hygiene, and fluoride will also be discussed.
For children 3 or older, a cleaning and polishing of their teeth will usually follow along with fluoride application. For optimal communication, we will explain each of our procedures in terms your child can understand. We want to make your child’s first appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments. If any dental findings indicate preventative or restorative treatment, than subsequent appointments may be scheduled.
It is always better to make a first dental appointment before your child has a dental problem. By starting an early prevention program, future dental problem can be avoided. Often times, if tooth decay is detected early enough, there are therapies available that can be used to reverse or minimize their growth. Furthermore, by introducing your child when little dental treatment is needed, he/she comes away a better patient with a more positive attitude about dentistry.
Please Alert the Doctor If...
You have had any of these medical conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Artificial heart valves
- Artificial joints
- Rheumatic fever
PRESCRIPTIONS & MEDICATIONS
- Heart medication
- Anticoagulant therapy
- Osteoporosis medication (such as Fosamax)
You are required to take medication before dental cleanings, such as:
Following Your Visit
There are several things you may need to do to avoid complications:
Our doctors and staff will give you instructions and guidelines during your visit and it is important that you follow them. You can also read our Post-Op and After Care Instructions here.
Please contact us immediately if you experience any significant pain or problems.