Your First Appointment With Us
We value each and every patient that walks through our door. Because our philosophy is based upon thoroughness, we spend considerable time at your first visit getting to know you and for you to get to know us. We feel it is important for us to listen so that we can understand your concerns, wishes and expectations. This allows us to start a long-term relationship with you based upon mutual respect and understanding.
The new patient experience is a two-appointment process. Once you have made your appointment, you will be mailed a packet of information that includes an introduction to our office and general policies.
Included in the packet are a medical questionnaire and a previous dental history questionnaire. We ask that you complete these forms at your convenience and bring them with you to your initial appointment. The doctor will review these with you and listen to any concerns, dental problems and expectations you may have.
Believing in thoroughness, we will start with a full set of X-rays. Next a comprehensive examination will be performed including a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, an oral cancer examination, and an evaluation of the occlusion. Depending upon these initial findings, other diagnostic procedures might be indicated, such as periodontal probing, study models or a panoramic X-ray. Recently, our office obtained a laser, called ‘DIAGNOdent,’ which allows us to detect decay before it is evident on X-rays or with a probe. The more information obtained in this initial exam, the more thorough our knowledge and subsequently diagnosis of your oral status can be. Having obtained all of this information and having answered all of your questions, you are rescheduled for a visit in 2 weeks.
At your next appointment, the diagnosis appointment, all findings, recommendations and estimate of fees are presented along with a projected appointment schedule. Having presented this and having answered any questions, you are then introduced to one of our Registered Dental Hygienists who will then take the time to update you on current concepts in proper homecare and perform a thorough cleaning. With that being accomplished and having obtained your consent for treatment, our appointment coordinator will appoint you to accommodate your schedule.