Are you about to head to your first dental appointment at a new practice? Although you may have come from a different dental practice, it’s important to keep different things in mind when you are visiting for the first time. Keep reading as the experts at Bayville Dental Arts
explain what to expect at your first dental appointment with a new practice.
Get there early
The first tip is to arrive around 15-20 minutes early. It’s always polite to arrive for any dental appointment slightly early otherwise it backs everything up. On top of that, when you are going to a dental appointment with a new practice, you will need to fill out additional paperwork and have a few more things in order before you start your official appointment.
Fill out paperwork
The next step is to fill out the paperwork. Sometimes you can print this off at home and fill it out before you come. We recommend that especially if you know you will need to give a lot of information. If you don’t, that’s okay too. Make sure you show up early enough to fill out the paperwork. It will ask questions about any issues you have had in the past, any issues you believe you currently may have. It will also ask you about allergies in case they needed to give you anything. Depending on which practice it is, there typically will be about 4-10 pages of quick questions or things you need to circle for them so they get to know you a little better.
Do you have your wallet with you with cash or a credit card? That’s a great idea so that you can pay for your appointment at the end of the visit. Even if you know your insurance takes care of it, it’s still a good idea just in case.
Bring your insurance card
One thing that you need to ensure you do not forget is your insurance card. This will allow people to do the behind the scenes work so that you do not need to pay for dental services. Make sure that it has all of the information on it. Most times people have a card so they can simply hand it to the receptionist. If you do, simply bring it with you.
Most dental offices require you to have ID when you arrive. This will especially allow them to ensure you are allowed to be using that specific insurance. Make sure that you have your driver’s license or some form of identification when you go to your appointment.
When you don’t drink water for a while it can cause your saliva not to flow around your mouth quite as well. It also can cause you not to have as good of breath. That is why it’s a good idea to bring water with you so that you are consistently drinking even when you are waiting for the dentist’s appointment. You want to see the dentist when you are feeling your best and drinking water will help you to do that.
Don’t eat right before
The next tip we have is not to eat right before your appointment. You don’t want food to be stuck in your teeth while they are trying to clean them. Like we just said, you want to bring your best mouth when seeing the dentist. This will help you to do that.
Write down any questions you have
If you have any specific questions around oral health in general or your mouth and what is going on, make sure that you write them down before you go. This will allow you to not forget. You can also bring a pen so that you can write down the dentists’ answer in case you want to look something specific up a little more afterward.
Write down any issues you have been experiencing
If you have experienced any pain or issues since you last saw the dentist, it’s a good idea to write these down. Again, it’s so that you don’t forget what you want to speak with them about. Some people can become intimidated when they see the dentist and that is why writing things down will ensure you still end up saying it and what you want to communicate to them.
They will take X-rays
If you have not been to the dentist in over a year or they did not transfer your records from your previous dentist, you will get your x-rays taken by the dental assistant. This will allow them to see everything that is going on in your mouth and to ensure there are no issues.
You will get your teeth cleaned
Once you see the dentist you will get your teeth cleaned by the dental hygienist. They will be able to also answer questions that you have and clean your teeth so that they feel amazing again and healthy.
As you can see, most of the dental appointment is similar to any other dental checkups you have had in the past. It’s mainly important to remember to show up and bring the right cards with you to ensure you can be seen and get your teeth cleaned. Remember to start thinking about the dental appointment a couple of days in advance to ensure you can write down any questions or concerns you have.
We hope this list helped and you will feel more comfortable when you go in for your first dental appointment with a new practice.