Every patient has the right to a complete and thorough examination. This can not be achieved when inadequate time is allowed.
When we schedule an appointment for you, it is your time and yours alone. During your initial appointment, we will spend time getting to know one another, listening to your concerns, and diving into your dental health goals. We are unconditionally committed to helping you obtain these goals in a atmosphere that is free of apprehension. As stated before, it is very important to us that the patient, doctor and staff communicate as a team. We want you to be engaged and encourage questions about any treatment that might be suggested.
Secondly, we will conduct a thorough health history, take your blood pressure and document important information. Thirdly, our dental professionals will do a comprehensive exam (including a Head and Neck exam for cancer), TMJ exam, Bite Analysis, Periodontal Exam and Clinical Exam (for existing and new pathologies or decay). Finally, Dr. Davis will establish if x-rays are needed for your individual case. Dr. Davis always schedules a full hour for every new patient exam to make sure there is ample time to carefully examine your teeth. Unlike many offices that charge each service and rush the patient through, all of these exams are included for one comprehensive fee.
You may also see the dental hygienist at this appointment. She will evaluate the overall health of your gums and bone by measuring your gums in six areas surrounding each tooth. This procedure is known as periodontal charting and is necessary to get a complete picture of your oral health. If your periodontal evaluation is satisfactory, the hygienist will clean your teeth. If there are areas of concern, she will discuss this with you and Dr. Davis. The hygienist needs at least an hour to complete such a thorough examination and cleaning. Please allow at least two full hours in our office for your first visit. Be aware that more time will be needed if X-rays are taken. If you are in good medical and dental health, your appointment may be shorter and a consultation may be done that day. However, if your treatment appears more complicated, Dr. Davis prefers to analyze the case and schedule your consultation on a separate day. This gives Dr. Davis the necessary time to thoroughly study your case and develop a treatment plan as well as allowing adequate time for you to discuss it with him.
In the beginning, we want to make sure we take the necessary time to perform a complete evaluation, but once you are an established patient, your routine exam and cleaning appointments should only take about an hour.
We are “firm in principal, but flexible in procedure” and we are more than willing to work with you to make this appointment convenient. We are certain you will recognize and appreciate our extra-care approach to your dental needs.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
***Arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment in case additional paper work is needed***
X-rays (if applicable)
Current medication list
- Insurance information
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the consultation visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) or require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics).
If you have recent x-rays (within 6-months) from your previous dentist, you may have them forwarded to our office. Please fill out a release form and send it to your previous dentist. If additional images are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.