Whether you haven't seen a dentist in several years or you are simply switching to a new dentist, there are a few things you should do to ensure your first appointment goes smoothly. Use this guide to prepare for your trip to a new dentist.
Write Down Your Medications
Your dentist will need to know what types of medications you take, whether you take daily over-the-counter medications or you have prescriptions from your doctors. This will help the dentist to be aware of any interactions there might be with local anesthetics or other medications used during and after dental work is performed. It's also a good idea to write down your medical history, as some medical conditions can have a direct impact on your dental health. You can also request a list of your conditions and treatments from your primary care physician.
Gather Your Insurance Information
Before visiting the dentist, you'll want to make sure you have all of your insurance information available for the visit. You may have dental coverage under your medical insurance plan, or you may have a separate dental policy. If you don't have dental coverage, consider enrolling in a dental discount plan to help cover the cost of your care. You may also want to ask about any payment plans your dentist offers for treatment. Your dentist's office should also be able to tell you how much the cost will be for your initial appointment so you can ensure you have the proper funds to pay for the visit.
Prepare A List Of Questions
Part of your first appointment with a new dentist will be getting to know him or her. This can help you to feel more comfortable and relieve any anxiety you may have about the visit. Consider writing out a list of questions you might have, such as which types of pain treatment options he or she prefers to use or whether or not the dentist specializes in any new dental procedures.
Be sure to let the appointment scheduler know that you would like a bit of extra time during your appointment to consult with the dentist, as this will ensure you both have enough time to discuss any questions you might have.
Your dentist's office may also have a new patient check sheet and additional paperwork for you to fill out before your appointment. Ask whether you can print these items out in advance or if you can pick up a copy before your visit so you can have them filled out and ready to go when you arrive.
For more questions, contact a company like Pacific Ave Dental/Allan L. Hablutzel, DDS.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!