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How to Prepare for Your First Dental Visit- Worcester, Taunton, Uxbridge Dentists

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Whether you are changing dentists, have not been to the dentist in a long time or you are visiting a new dental practice, it is wise to come prepared to make sure your visit will run smoothly.

First of all, you should educate yourself about what to expect on the first dental visit and based on that, make your preparation plan based on your expectations.
Call Ahead.

Confirm your appointment and make sure you arrive 15 minutes early to make sure you are there in time to speak with them first if any issues shall arise or if you need to fill out any paperwork.

Confirm that your dental insurance plan is accepted by their office before you arrive to find it they don’t take your insurance.
Send your Records.

If you have a previous dental history, please send your dental records to the new office, this will help the dentist get an overall picture of your oral health and be able to address any issues that you might have or any issues they see from past history.
Arrive Early.

To avoid any confusion or fill out any paperwork arrive 20 minutes early, the dental office will also likely want your licence and your health insurance card.
Prepare Paperwork in Advance.

If you are able to download questionnaires or paperwork, please prepare it in advance of your visit. This is allow for more time for your appointment and let you think about your concerns. Please fill out all paperwork truthfully, it is for the benefit of your overall health. This includes listing out health issues, health concerns and medications.
Discuss Dental Problems.

Communicate with your dentist about any dental problems you have to help determine the direction of your dental treatment. Write down any dental problems you’ve had over the past six months, even if they’re happening at the current moment. This way you won’t forget anything, and it could keep you from having to make an emergency appointment if the symptoms flare up again in the future.

Include the following details as:

Pain start and end date
Where in your mouth you felt the pain
The level of pain you experience
When the pain happens
Side effects such as bleeding or swelling

Answer Medical Questions Truthfully

Explain your oral hygiene routine, including how often you brush and floss. Your dentist may want to know about past dental problems and the last time you visited a dentist.

Be honest — disclosing this information is not meant to embarrass you, but to improve your dental health.
Face Dental Anxiety

Your first step in getting past dental anxiety is making the appointment. Once you’ve scheduled the visit, don’t postpone it — putting off your dental visit can cause dental problems to worsen. Don’t be afraid to tell your dentist about your fears. Dentists now use a variety of methods to successfully treat fearful patients.
Schedule Future Treatments

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How to Prepare for Your First Dental Visit- Worcester, Taunton, Uxbridge Dentists

  1. 1. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS.com How to Prepare For Your First Dental Visit
  2. 2. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Call Ahead & Arrive Early Confirm your appointment and arrive 15 minutes early to speak with them first if any issues shall arise or if you need to fill out any paperwork.
  3. 3. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Send Your Records If you have a previous dental history, send your dental records to the new office, this will help the dentist get an overall picture of your oral health and be able to address any issues that you might have.
  4. 4. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Prepare Paperwork in Advance If you’re able to download questionnaires or paperwork, prepare it in ad- vance of your visit. Fill out all paperwork truthfully, it’s for the benefit of your health. List out all health issues, health concerns, and medications.
  5. 5. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Discuss Dental Problems Communicate with your dentist about any dental problems you have to help determine your dental treatment. Write down any dental problems you’ve had over the past six months, including current ones.
  6. 6. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Face Dental Anxiety The first step in getting past dental anxiety is making the appointment. Once you’ve scheduled the visit, don’t postpone it. Don’t be afraid to tell your dentist about your fears.
  7. 7. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Schedule Future Treatments Most dental procedures last longer than regular dental exams, so be sure to schedule your appointment during a time that is convenient for you.
  8. 8. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Make Payment Arrangements Our dentists want you to get the help you need, and may be able to provide various treatment options or make financial arrangements that meet your budget.
  9. 9. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Post-Appointment Preparation When you leave the dental office, you should already be preparing for your next visit. Either schedule your next appointment with the dental assistant before you leave, or ask the office to send you a reminder.
  10. 10. YOUR DENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Your Dental Checklist – Schedule your appointment during a time that is convenient for you. – Transfer your dental records from your former dentist, if necessary. – Write down any dental problems or concerns to discuss with your dentist. – Call the office the day before to confirm the appointment time. – Bring your insurance card. If you are paying out of pocket, discuss your payment options prior to the dental visit. – If you’re a new patient, be prepared to provide your dental health information, including your medical history. – For current patients, it’s important to inform your dentist of changes in your health, especially if you’re pregnant. – List any medications you’re taking, as they may affect treatment.
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