How to Prepare for Dental Visits

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Before we start talking about preparation and dental visits, we at Kyrene Family Dentistry would like to congratulate you on making that appointment! Only around half of the population visits their dentists regularly, so it’s nice to know that you’re one of the select few that are concerned about their dental health and are taking proper measures to ensure that their teeth stays in excellent shape and condition.

Whether it’s been years since you last saw your dentist, or you’re a new patient who doesn’t have any idea what to expect from us, there are some things that you can do to get yourself ready for your appointment.

  1. Confirm Your Appointment – A good place to start would be to verify your appointment at least the day before the scheduled date. There are some dentistry practices that offer to do this as an added service to their clients, but if you’re not sure about it, better call ahead and confirm.
  2. Transfer Your Dental Records – This only applies if you’re a new patient, since your new dentist would need to know your dental history to be able to properly assess your current situation. You can request for your records from your previous dentist or have the staff prepare it for you so you can show it your new dentist.
  3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Make sure you get sufficient sleep before the appointment since it can help you prepare mentally and physically for your appointment. It also helps reduce chances of increased anxiety during the visit.
  4. Wear Comfortable Clothing – Some procedures take hours to complete, so don’t wear anything that might cause discomfort or pain during the procedure.
  5. Jot Down Questions – List down any oral health care questions you want to ask your dentist during your appointment. Most dentists encourage their patients to voice out any concerns or ask about any procedure, anything that would make patients gain deeper understanding of their teeth and how to take care of it.

On the Day of the Appointment

  1. Come in Early – Arriving early means not having to rush with the filling out of forms. It gives you a chance to get to know the staff, not to mention give yourself ample time to relax and prepare yourself for the appointment. Remember if you sit on the dental chair without allowing yourself time to get settled down, it’s going to be uncomfortable during the whole procedure.
  2. Have Your Personal Information Ready – Make sure you are able to provide accurate and correct details on the patient information form and inform your dentist and the staff regarding any changes with regards to your health status, medications you’re currently taking, and dental insurance.

Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining a cavity-free smile, so do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a trusted dentist. Routine checkups are recommended by dentists because it allows them to identify tooth problems before more symptoms start to appear and start causing pain and discomfort to the patient. The sooner you seek dental care, the higher the chances of stopping the progression of tooth problems.

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