First Visit

Your initial appointment will begin with a discussion of any preliminary concerns or questions you may have, followed by a review of your medical and dental history.  Any necessary radiographs will be taken, and in most cases, our hygienist will then clean your teeth (this may not be done at the initial visit if gum disease is detected). A thorough examination of all the hard and soft tissues in the mouth will be performed.  A review of the findings from the exam will be presented to you, and, if necessary, treatment options will be discussed.  If the current conditions in the mouth require a complex treatment plan, a follow-up appointment may be needed to present the treatment options.  We will be happy to address any questions you may have at any point during your appointment.

Please bring the following with you for your first visit:

  • A list of medications you are presently taking
  • Dental insurance card or benefit information, if applicable 
  • Any recently taken radiographs from another office (these can be mailed beforehand or brought the same day)

Other important information:

  • Some medical conditions require antibiotic premedication one hour before the appointment.  Typically, this pertains to patients that have had certain types of heart surgeries or joint replacements.  Please discuss this when making the appointment to see if any medicine will need to be prescribed for you.
  • Notify our office if certain accommodations will be necessary for a patient with special needs.
  • All patients under the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Parents of young children are encouraged to be present in the exam room for the first visit.  If any future treatment is needed, however, parents are usually asked to stay in the waiting room during the appointment, as children typically are more cooperative without family present.