- Confirm the Appointment Verify the appointment time 24 hours in advance.
- Transfer Dental Records If you’re a new patient, contact your old dental office and have your dental records sent to your current dentist.
- Clean Up Brush and floss your teeth before your dental visit. No one likes a dirty mouth.
- Arrive Early Give yourself enough time to complete forms, get to know the staff and relax before your appointment.
- Prepare Your Information Be prepared to provide your complete medical history, form of payment and make a list of any changes to your health, medications or dental insurance to communicate to your dentist.
- Discuss Dental Problems Bring a list of oral health questions you may have for your dentist. Discussing dental problems with your dentist can help determine treatment and may keep you from having to make a dental emergency appointment in the future.
- Face Dental Anxiety Don’t be afraid to tell your dentist about your fears. Work together to find a solution to help you relax during treatment.
- Schedule Follow-ups Be sure to schedule your follow-up appointment during a time that is convenient for you. If youre coming in for a dental procedure, ask your dentist how long the appointment will last and what post-operative guidelines to follow.
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