Preparing for Your Dentist Appointment
Have a dentist appointment on the horizon? Your visit will go much more smoothly if you’re prepared, and this can help dispel any anxiety you’re feeling beforehand, too. If you’re reluctant about your visit, try to keep in mind that routine dental exams and cleanings are essential to your oral hygiene and health. What’s more, your dentist and their team only want to help you and address any problems you’re having. You deserve to have healthy teeth and gums, and a better quality of life!
Here are some of the most important steps to follow leading up to your dentist appointment.
1. Review Your Dental Insurance and Payment Options
Does your dentist accept your insurance provider and policy? Be sure to check with the office and see if they accept any third-party payment plans as well. You always want to go into an appointment knowing you’ll be able to cover the costs of your visit, especially if there’s a chance you might need additional care. It also helps to double-check your insurance policy to see what it covers. That’s one less thing to worry about!
2. Gather Up the Necessary Paperwork
If you have copies of your dental records from another dentist, gather those together, along with any other pertinent documents, and bring them to your appointment. Or, if possible, contact your previous dental office and ask to have your records transferred over prior to your appointment.
It’s also helpful if you provide us with information about any medications you’re taking, just in case we need to provide you with treatment later on involving local anesthesia.
3. Arrive 15 Minutes Early
This is standard procedure, especially for first appointments, but it bears repeating. Try to make it to your dentist appointment early so you can check in at the front desk and fill out all the necessary forms with time to spare. This will allow you more time to speak with your dentist, discuss your treatment, and have all your questions answered.
4. Brush and Floss
If you are able, brush and floss before your appointment. It’s the courteous, hygienic thing to do, and it can make the jobs of your hygienist and dentist a little bit easier.
5. Have Your Questions Ready
Have questions you want to ask your dentist? Jot them down so you don’t forget! We’re here to listen to your concerns, answer all your questions, and address any anxieties that are weighing on your mind. We want you to be well informed about your dental care needs and any treatments we recommend to improve your oral health and quality of life.
6. List Any Concerns You Have About Your Oral Health or Treatment
Dentist appointments aren’t always easy for some, and if you have any reservations about your treatment, please let us know. It’s normal to have some anxiety about your dentist appointment, and you don’t have to be afraid to talk about it. We want to help you work through any fears you are having so we can make your current and future dental visits less stressful.
Furthermore, please let us know if you’re experiencing any oral pain or other abnormalities, like a clicking jaw, a lump on the roof of your mouth, or inflamed gums. What might seem like a trifling issue could be a part of something more significant, so we’ll want all the information you can provide to give you the best care.
7. Bring Your Dental Appliances with You
Do you wear a retainer, night guard, or other appliance? Bring it along to your appointment so we can make sure it’s in good condition and functioning as required.
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