Finding a good dentist for you and your family begins with homework, after which visiting the dentist’s office makes sense. Now that you’ve narrowed the field and made an initial appointment, what should you expect on that first visit? From the moment you step into that office you should be measuring what you see against your expectations.
Once you are in front of the new Dentist, resume your questions. I cannot imagine a better gauge of a professional’s integrity than face-to-face questions. All the while, you must feel comfortable that your questions will be answered, and answered in a manner that makes sense to you.
This article further explores these details. If you are serious about finding the best dentistry new york, especially here in the NYC area, I’ve researched this topic and outlined my system in this series of five articles.
I. What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit you will learn a lot about whether or not the Dentist is right for you and your family. When you arrive, talk to the office staff. One of the first things you need to know is your Dental plan coverage.
Although, I did mention this earlier during your homework phase, now that you’re here, paperwork is usually required. Save your time and fill out your patient and employer details before coming to the office.
The staff may have other forms for you to fill out. Their forms gather information about your dental, medical and family history; and they will also want your Dental insurance details so they can bill appropriately. Be sure you indicate all medical conditions and situations, including allergies and all medications you are taking.
Now is the time to begin judging your comfort level in this new environment:
- Don’t be embarrassed to ask the staff about fees. The Dentist and office staff ought to be willing to discuss fees and/or financial arrangements with you before any examination and treatment.
- Look around the Dentist’s office. What is the general appearance of the office… the staff… the Dentist? Is everything neat, clean, and orderly? Are you comfortable having medical treatment in these surroundings?
- During this first visit the Dentist should evaluate your teeth, gums and bite, looking for hidden signs of problems that don’t hurt until it’s too late.
- Does the Dentist seem genuinely interested in your health? Does the Dentist ask about your health, your family’s health, and ask about your health concerns? Your dental and medical history should be complete, recorded and placed in a permanent file. Your records will assist in the evaluation of your current and future dental health needs.
- Do you find the Dentist easy to talk to? Do you fully understand what the Dentist says to you? Does this Dentist seem happy to answer your questions?
- Is this Dental practice a high-volume practice in which the Dentist is rushing around from patient to patient?
- You must feel comfortable with your Dentist decision. If you are not fully satisfied with this Dentist’s answers to your questions you are at a distinct disadvantage. If you are not comfortable around this Dentist, consider using another Dentist from your list.
II. Will you take time to explain what dental problems I have and offer suggestions for best treatment choice?
Among the routine services you need are examinations, cleanings, check-ups, conservative gum treatment, fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges and dentures.
Once your examination is complete, the Dentist may recommend special treatment to correct a condition of concern. What does this treatment recommendation mean? If you don’t understand any part of your Dentist recommendations, don’t be afraid to ask for more information. There is no better time to understand your dental situation than this visit. Even if you want to research your condition and/or recommended treatment, you must have details to research.