It can be very stressful going to a new dentist. Many patients may feel a loyalty towards their past dentist. In many cases their old dentist may have been like a friend or even someone they socialized with. These feelings are normal. What you must accept is that this is your health. Decisions you make must be the best changes for improving your health, regardless of personal emotions.
The Dental Wellness Center feels that many of the traditional procedures and materials are not advantageous to ones wellness and health. We will answer questions and address this paradigm switch, because this is how we believe our profession needs to change. The Dental Wellness Center welcomes your telephone call and can answer questions you have about our practice. We try to gather as much information as possible during that first call so your first visit is not as stressful. There is plenty of parking available up the street from our office and you will be greeted by our friendly staff. We always attempt to be on time for your appointment and realize that your time is as valuable as ours.
What should you expect as a first time patient?
Your initial appointment allows you to meet one of the Doctors. He or she will listen to all the concerns you might have about your overall health and any medical problems. We will discuss your dental health and history, and any special concerns you have about anything in your mouth that does not feel right. They will briefly review any medications and nutritional supplements you are taking and may offer their input. The Dental Wellness Center is designed to help improve your health in many ways, not just your teeth.
Your head, neck and mouth will be examined to rule out cancers, tumors, and other pathologies. The current state of your mouth and teeth will be recorded. Additional records may be taken, including intra-oral images (photographs) of your teeth and gums, impressions of your teeth, and any x-rays, necessary. The doctor will explain their findings in a non-judgmental way and will explain conditions and possible problems they obsevered on this first examination. A discussion about toxic materials may be part of this discussion, with emphasis on toxic mercury and other non-biocompatible materials present.
All new patients will also receive a TMJ muscle exam. Also, we will screen for sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea, because we feel that it should always be part of a wellness and health exam.
Before you leave, the doctor will ask if you have further questions. You will be given an appointment for a scaling and polishing appointment with our hygienist for your next visit. Should it be determined that you may need dental treatment of problems in your mouth, additional time is allotted after the hygienist completes her polishing to sit down and discuss your dental needs. Our office manager, Mandy, will also discuss the appointments you will need, the fees, and any insurance questions you might have.