If it has been a while since your last dentist appointment (or even if it has not) there are some things you should know before you schedule one with us (your Charleston dentist) or with a dentist wherever you are. There are also some things we want to know from you to know, too.
Instead of showing up at your next appointment and not knowing what to expect, we have put together this helpful list of 5 things to know before scheduling a dentist appointment.
- The story of your teeth. It helps us to know if you have been experiencing problems with your teeth, or if you have experienced bleeding gums. Knowing these types of issues will help us cater your treatment plan and make maintaining your dental health as simple as possible. When we have all the facts about your medical and dental history, it helps us give you a more pleasant experience and helps to alleviate your own anxiety about your visit.
- Pregnant? Please tell us right away if you are pregnant. This impacts how we treat your teeth and protects the health of your unborn child. This is especially true with dental X-rays. Although the dose of radiation you receive from dental X-rays is relatively low, we do not want to expose you or your child to unnecessary extra radiation from X-rays. There is a lot going on with your body, so visiting your dentist while pregnant is extremely important.
- What are you allergic to? If you have any allergies to medications (or other things), so that we don’t expose you to those allergens.
- Questions? Write down your questions ahead of time. This is especially helpful so that you get your questions answered, and aren’t left without answers. The dentist would love to help you get answers about your dental health.
- Insurance. We do not automatically know exactly what type of dental insurance coverage you have. So when you make your dentist appointment, be sure to tell us who your dental insurance carrier is ahead of time so that we can figure out what will be covered and what will not.
- Are you scared? Let us know ahead of time if you are nervous about your visit. We want to make you as comfortable as possible and make your dentist appointment as easy and peaceful as we can.
Thinking through these issues is important to make your next dentist appointment as successful and stress-free as possible. For some people, a phone call is all it takes to put their mind at ease before the appointment. For others, researching dentists near me, and reading through a dentist’s website can also be helpful. Starting the conversation with us is the first step. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you by meeting the needs of your teeth, and setting your mind at ease even before your next appointment.