Now that it’s the New Year, its time to make sure your overall health is in check, beginning with your dental health. Making the appointment is easy, but for some people, not knowing what to expect at a dental visit could be a bit stressful and being prepared helps.
Do you know what you need to do to prepare for a dental appointment?
This article will make your next dental appointment less stressful and more productive.
Preparing for the appointment
• Schedule the appointment.
• Confirm the date and time at least 24 hours in advance.
• You need to make sure to brush, floss and clean your mouth completely before the appointment
• Transfer all records if this is your first trip to the dentist
• Be prepared to complete forms about your medical history, you can even do them in advance
• Arrive 20 minutes early
Now that you know the basic steps for preparing for your next dental appointment, we want to share a few more tips. Ensure that you write down anything of concern in regard to your oral health. Do not rely on memory, as we all tend to be a bit anxious at any health care appointment and these things may “slip our mind.”
Talk openly with the dentist
Talk with the dentist and to go over the list you wrote about your oral health and any pain you may be feeling. Ask if he/she recommends any preventative treatment that he/she can do to relieve the issue.
Be honest about any anxiety
Be honest about any anxiety. If you are feeling the least bit anxious about this appointment, do not be shy about letting this be known. A dentist is well aware of the fact that many people are nervous about dental exams and that some people even have “dentist phobias”. If this is a concern for you, ask about sedation dentistry.
Find out exactly what the appointment is for
Ask the dentist what the appointment is for. Make sure you ask the dentist exactly what is involved with today’s appointment.
• Is this a check-up?
• Will there be more involved procedures?
• How long will the procedure take?
• Will you need a ride home from the appointment?
How long does a basic dental process take?
The answer to this question is based on the skill and experience of the dentist. Typical cleaning for a patient with no issues takes from 30 minutes to an hour. If you are having a filling done, it can take 20 minutes to an hour–this depends on how deep or infected the cavity is.
How do I find a qualified dentist?
This question can only be answered by who you (and your family) are most comfortable. You want to find a dentist that has a good reputation and makes you and your family members feel at ease. You need to ensure the dentist you choose has the proper qualifications and schooling in the field of dentistry.
How do I interview a dentist for their qualifications?
It can be a very frustrating task to find a dentist that meets all your family’s specific requirements. You need to ensure you ask a prospective dentist very specific questions about how they practice dentistry. How they handle anxious or phobic patients and if they treat disabled or chronically ill patients.
As a final note, these tips should get you through your next dental appointment. Do not forget to schedule an appointment for your next dental check-up; your dental health is very important!
At Sedki Dentistry, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality dental care in a safe and comfortable environment. Our Commerce Twp dental office is the perfect place to meet all your dental needs and address all your concerns. Dr. Sedki uses the latest techniques and procedures in cosmetic and general dentistry including Children’s Dentistry. Call Sedki Dentistry today for a Free dental consult and see why our dental clinic has the experience to improve your smile and achieve optimal oral health this New Year