Be prepared with concerns
Listen to advice
Ensure your records are up-to-date
When you get that postcard in the mail or notification email or text that your dental appointment is coming up soon, don’t get nervous.
Yes, you may have heard stories or possibly had a bad experience once – that’s in the past and you can make it easier for yourself.
Don’t be skeptical – it’s not that hard if you do what’s listed below. Best of all? It’s not time-consuming or difficult to prepare. All you need is a pen and your ears to listen with.
No need to worry about getting ready for your dental visit.
Writing things down can help people. They write down goals that they want to achieve. When they go grocery shopping, they take a list so they can stay on task. Having something written dowN about symptoms or concerns can help their general practitioner possibly narrow things down. So, it makes sense to come to the office with a list of dental issues you may have had since your last appointment.
What issues might those be? Has a sore lingered? A particular tooth been aching? Does your jaw crack? Write it down. It can be easy to forget once you sit down and the dentist starts the cleaning or the exam – and you don’t want to have anything lost in the shuffle.
It doesn’t have to be on anything fancy … an index card, with bullet points to highlight each concern, will suffice. When you sit down, you can hand it to the dentist. This can make life easier for both of you.
Whether this is your first appointment or if you have been going to the same dentist for years, it’s important to tell them about any allergies or conditions you may have. Even your longtime dentist sees a lot of patients in between and they will need their memories jogged.
Make sure that the dentist has all your records up to date. It’s much simpler now that everything is being stored electronically and can be sent with the click of a mouse or a tap on a screen. This way your dentist can consult the records as well.
You may think that you are using the right technique with brushing and flossing, but that may not be the case. If your dentist doesn’t bring it up with their own observations and you feel that you aren’t having as smooth a visit as you’d like, ask what the proper form is. They will be more than happy to tell you.
If you follow these steps, you’ll find that you’ll be breezing in and out of the dentist’s office every six months with little to no discomfort and a big smile.
The staff at Coastal Dental Group has a checklist of their own and there’s only one box on it – ensure that you have a smooth visit. Give them a call at 732-714-1030.