A Good dentist should have excellent communication skills and be able to reduce any anxiety you may have related to dental procedures. At Erbsville Dental the lines of communication are open wide. The staff is friendly and looks forward to answering any questions you may have with the hopes of establishing long term dentist-patient relationships. With that in mind today’s post is all about preparing for a dental appointment, including a few tips to making it a better experience.
In the rare occasion that an appointment is mixed up or misplaced, it’s always a good idea to call the day before to confirm the time of the appointment. Usually, the Erbsville Dental reception staff will text or call close to the date of your appointment. So, if you haven’t heard from them, it’s even more reason to call and double check.
Bring Your Information
First time visitors will be required to provide the clinic with some background medical information and access to your previous dental records. This is for your protection and can help your new dentist prescribe an accurate, and personal treatment plan. Erbsville Dental keeps this information strictly confidential and never shares it without your permission. See “Information Privacy at Erbsville Dental”. Information your dental office requires includes lists of current medications and exact dosages. This way if your dentist prescribes anything it won’t have a conflict with what your doctor issued. Payment and insurance information is also important to remember to bring. The Staff at Erbsville Dental will communicate directly with your insurance provider and make it clear what’s covered and what you may have to pay for out of pocket.
Rest well the night before or at least don’t stay up too late, especially if you’re anxious about visiting the dentist. A rested brain can handle pressure and stress better, and adequate rest can improve your mood making your visit an overall better experience. Clean your teeth before you visit so that you can confidently open up when needed. Try to arrive a few minutes early in case a little pre-appointment paperwork is needed. This also will make you feel lest rushed and reduce stress further. Remember to write down any questions you may have for the reception, the hygienist, or your dentist. (Dr. Mathews or Dr. McIntosh) they are always happy to answer them.
Be honest and open about how you feel with your dentist. He is your partner in your dental health. If you’re anxious, let him know. If you’re in pain, let him know. If you have a specific concern, let him know. Your dentist (at Erbsville Dental) is pretty good at detecting dental problems, but he is not a psychologist, or a mind reader. If he knows you have a specific need, he will work with you to make your visit more pleasant. For instance, there are many ways to reduce anxiety including sedatives. It could also be as easy as finding a TV channel or program that might distract you from your dental work. Just ask.
We hope that this has helped you to prepare to visit Erbsville Dental. The biggest thing is not to worry, at Erbsville Dental all the staff are there to help make your visit a pleasant one. Everyone will work with you to keep you safe and comfortable. Think of them as your teammates in dental health.