Your Initial Dental Appointment as a New Patient
Be it out of habit or comfort, many patients stay with their same doctor for years on end. But, if they end up moving to a new neighborhood, for example, then they will need to find new doctors. To assist you in a situation like that, below are the essentials on how to prepare for the first time seeing a new dentist in Festus, Missouri.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with an Appointment Reminder via email or text message. And if it's your first visit, we'll be happy to provide driving directions. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
Release of Records Consent
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The first step is to call our office and set up a consultation appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
Paperwork and Documentation
If you wish to be treated by our dentist after consultation appointment, we'll help you set up a treatment appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out the New Patient forms, along with providing your dental history and records. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure you'll have plenty of time to complete these forms. This paperwork is divided into two categories: the first one requires your personal details, such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. The second one has to do with your complete a medical history: everything regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems, and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider. Be as precise as possible when answering the questions as an incorrect answer may affect your future treatment.
Our office also gives you the option of completing the forms beforehand. That is, you can visit our website and fill out the health history forms online. This information will be stored in our database and evaluated prior to your session. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
After evaluating your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is done to assess the state of your oral health. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the X-rays.
Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination. And, even when our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he may still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them in case he finds an issue not mentioned in the forms.
After completing the comprehensive exam, our dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to get a clearer picture of the condition of your teeth and bones. These scans are taken to better analyze oral issues, diseases, and cavities. Panoramic X-rays are the most common types of dental X-rays used as they provide our dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and bones to spot any impacted teeth or fractures. X-rays only take a few minutes and are completely safe.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will talk to you about any problems or decay identified and also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic, as well as their costs.
As soon as your session is over, you will now need to schedule your follow-up appointments. These follow-up sessions will mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for any upcoming procedure. We recommended that you do not miss your follow-up visits to avoid any cavities, tooth decay, or oral health issues from developing. During these routine check-ups, your teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape.