Your First Visit
As a new patient, knowing what to expect on your first trip to a new dentist’s office can help you feel a little less anxious about the process. It can also help you better prepare for it.
How to Prepare
When you arrive we’ll have a set of new patient forms for you to complete. You can also choose to download them and fill them out in advance if you like. Be sure to bring a copy of your most recent insurance card and arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork.
Our reception area is stocked with updated magazines and a television should you have a few moments to wait. There are also toys for the children since we’re a family practice!
Your First Dental Exam
After we’ve processed all of your paperwork, we’ll walk you back to an exam room and take any appropriate X-rays as needed. Dr. George Okoro will step in to examine your teeth, gums and facial tissues, then discuss any concerns you may have. If you require treatment, we will review the various options with you (including the costs) so that you can make an educated choice about the decisions before you.
Most of our new patients also have the option to go ahead and have their teeth cleaned that day. But if you’re here for an emergency, our primary goal will be to get you out of pain. Otherwise, the typical new patient exam and consultation will usually run about 45 minutes long.
Weighing Your Option
If you’re in pain or know you need treatment, visiting a new dentist can be intimidating. Especially if you’re worried about being pressured into a treatment you don’t want (or can’t afford). We do things differently. When our patients require care, Dr. Okoro outlines all of the viable options – including what he would do if it were his mouth – but also discusses economical choices as they pertain to the situation. That way you have both affordable options as well as more long-term investments to consider.
Will I Need X-rays?
In most cases, yes. X-rays allow us to see spaces throughout your mouth that aren’t visible through a clinical exam. Such as between teeth, around the roots and just under the chewing surfaces. X-rays are a necessity when screening children, treating gum disease, performing orthodontic evaluations and even placing dental implants (among others).
Insurance and Financing
Please be sure to bring a copy of your dental insurance card to your appointment. All PPO plans are accepted. As we gather your coverage information, we can tabulate out-of-pocket costs and copays related to any upcoming treatments. Payment plans are also available.
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