You are visiting a new dentist office for the first time, and you want to be prepared. After all, you want to make your check-in time and visit as easy as possible, which can be done if you prepare properly. Before you go out the door to sit in the dental chair, make sure you have the following things with you.
All your medications
It doesn't matter if you take herbal supplements, have a prescription for a regular medication, or take aspirin on a regular basis, have this information with you when you see your dentist for the first time. Just like your general doctor needs to know the medications you take on the regular, so does your dentist so they can give you the best care. Some medications can even interfere with the health of your teeth, so make a list of all your medications, and write down your doctor's information as well if you cannot remember the names of what you take.
Your insurance information
Do you have dental insurance? If so, make sure you bring your insurance card, insurance number, or the name of the company you go through with you to give to the receptionist. You'll also want to bring along with you a recent ID or driver's license, your social security card or number to enter into the new patient information form, and any other identifying information that the dental office has requested.
Your dental concerns
Do you have any questions about your oral health? Do you want to have a certain procedure done but you aren't sure if you are a candidate? Write down all the things you want to ask your new dentist, so you don't forget. It's easy to forget the purpose of your visit when you're getting used to your new dental environment, and writing your concerns and questions down will help you stay on track.
Even with insurance, you'll still need to make a payment in most cases after your first dental appointment. Find out ahead of time whether the dental clinic takes personal checks and what credit cards they will also accept. When in doubt, just bring cash, and make sure you get a receipt after you receive treatment for your own records.
You can make your first dental appointment much easier if you have the right documentation and information. Being prepared makes you a happier patient and is greatly appreciated by your new dental practice as well.
I have never liked my teeth. I had a lot of dental problems, including deep staining and oddly shaped teeth. Every tooth did not have the same shape, and some were rounded while others were more square. Not surprisingly, I never smiled in pictures and not even much in real life. This left people thinking I was mean before they even met me. My dentist told me my best bet to improve the look of my smile was a set of porcelain dental veneers. He said they could make all my teeth white and the same shape. I said I wanted them without any hesitation, and we scheduled my procedures. I love my new teeth, and they really did change my life. I created this blog to help other people living with teeth they don't like realize that they do have options that can improve their smiles and their lives.