Wondering what to expect for your first visit?
It’s completely normal to have questions and anxiety the first time you visit a new dentist. We've covered all the basics about what to expect for your first visit with us.
- When you arrive, you will be greeted by a Patient Coordinator who will check you in, notify the team of your arrival, verify insurance if applicable, and guide you through any necessary new patient paperwork.
- You will review your dental history, medical history, and any dental health concerns or issues. The dental assistant will then take digital x-rays for the doctor to review.
Your Comprehensive Exam
- As a new patient, you will first see the dentist for a comprehensive exam. During this exam, the dentist will discuss your health history and any concerns you may have and may take your blood pressure to ensure you are in good health. This is a great time to let us know if you are anxious about your appointment. Your comfort is a priority!
- During your exam, your dentist will review your dental x-rays and complete an oral cancer screening which includes an examination of your jaw, neck, tongue, and inside of the mouth. This screening is essential and recommended once per year.
- This initial exam will take about an 1.5 hours and is vital so your dental team can identify any issues like gum disease or cavities.
- Your dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan and, if not too complicated, will discuss options with you. For more complicated treatements, a return visit might be necessary to allow for more thorough discussion of the options.
Your Hygiene Visit
- A dental hygienist will discuss your dental history and answer any questions you may have regarding oral hygiene habits, signs of gum disease, or brushing and flossing techniques. You can discuss any concerns, sensitivity, or issues you are experiencing at this time.
- An oral cancer screening will follow an overview of your mouth and gums, then a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth.
- Your hygienist may clean your teeth manually with traditional tools or use an advanced water-powered instrument based on what is best for your specific needs. The ADA recommends fluoride treatments for adults as well as children.
- Finally, your hygienists will review tips for caring for your teeth and preventing gum disease. Your hygiene exam should take about 45 minutes, and you will leave with a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste to keep on track with your home health routine.
- Once you review your treatment plan with the dentist, a patient coordinator will meet with you to schedule any follow-up appointments, review payment options, and answer questions about insurance coverage of your recommended services.
- You will receive a comprehensive breakdown of costs and insurance coverage for each service.
- Don’t forget to schedule your next hygiene appointment and exam before leaving. It’s a great way to stay on track with your dental health. When you provide us with a cell phone and email address, you will receive text and email reminders of your upcoming appointments.