Your first visit is a very important one so please reserve enough time in your schedule. There are several things that you can count on when you first visit our office. To begin, there is the paperwork. While we certainly try not to make this part too overwhelming, there is important information that we need to know about you as well as some things you need to know about our office. These forms are available for you on this website under Forms or you can arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to get them completed.
Once these are completed and reviewed, you will be brought back to your operatory. As you enter the hallway, you will be greeted by a soothing hand-painted waterfall. In fact, all of our rooms are designed with your comfort in mind. Whether you are getting your teeth cleaned in our serene Garden Room or getting a filling in our relaxing Zen Room, the theme of each treatment room along with our gentle caring approach strive to remove the stress and anxiety that can accompany a dental visit.
Your first visit will include:
- An interview with our patient care coordinator
- Photographs of the teeth and gums
- Necessary X-rays and diagnostic materials
- A thorough examination of your gums, surrounding bone, and teeth — an examination that includes oral cancer and TMJ screenings (TMJ is the joint that is involved in your chewing function.)
- A discussion of your individualized needs with the doctor
Based on the exam findings, we will schedule the appropriate hygiene visit for you. Gum disease is a serious bacterial infection that is associated with heart disease and stroke. Therefore, our hygienist, Amy, pays particular attention to seeing that the foundation of your smile is healthy. Sometimes we are able to complete your hygiene visit at this first appointment but this is not guaranteed.
At all times you will be clear on your personal treatment recommendations and payment options. We will gladly help you utilize your insurance benefits, and a treatment plan will be presented to you. You can go as fast or as slow as you like.
A healthy, fresh, and beautiful smile is our main focus, and we want you to know that we will not compromise on your care. We look forward to helping you acquire the smile you desire.