Your First Visit
When you arrive at out office you will be cordially greeted by one of our business assistants and asked to fill out some forms. These forms will give us much needed insurance, medical and dental history information in order to provide you the best care as an individual.
If your first visit is for an emergency you will be seated by one of our assistants and the problem will be evaluated prior to seeing the Doctor. An X-Ray may be needed to be taken at this time. When the assistant has all the necessary information the Doctor will see you to address the problem you are experiencing.
All new patients not in for an emergency and existing patients of record that have not been in within the last 3 or more years receive a comprehensive evaluation. This evaluation includes needed X-Rays, a complete charting of the exisitng dental condition, an oral cancer exam, a periodontal (gum) screening, blood pressure screening and a thorough review of any existing health problems and medications that are being taken. The Doctor will review his findings with you and discuss treatment alternatives if needed.
Since it is not possible to know the condition of a new patient's mouth before seeing them we do not schedule a cleaning visit at the same time as the evaluation. We schedule the cleaning and home care instruction visit based on the amount of time that will be needed by our hygienist to do a full and thorough cleaning. Sometimes if there is a more involved periodontal (gum) condition we may have to refer the individual to a specialist in which case a cleaning would not be done in this office.