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. On your initial appointment we will spend time getting to know one another, listening to your concerns, needs and goals for your dental health. We are unconditionally committed to helping you obtain these goals in a relaxed atmosphere free of apprehension. As stated before, it is very important to us that patient, doctor and staff communicate as a team. We want you to be engaged, involved and asking questions about any treatment that may be suggested.
Secondly, we will conduct a thorough health history, take your blood pressure and document important information. Thirdly, a comprehensive exam including a Head and Neck exam for cancer, TMJ exam, a Bite Analysis, Periodontal Exam and the Clinical Exam for existing and new pathologies or decay. Finally Dr. Davis will establish needed x-rays 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. All of these exams are included for one comprehensive fee unlike many offices that charge each service and rush the patient through. If you prefer, you may also see the dental hygienist at this appointment. She will provide you with a full periodontal charting that measures your gums in six areas surrounding each tooth evaluating the over all health of your gums and bone. 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 the doctor and a different course may be decided upon. This process with the hygienist may also take an hour so for your first visit please allow at least two full hours in our office. 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 and study your case and then schedule your consultation on a separate day. This allows Dr. Davis the time he needs to thoroughly study your case and you the time deserved to discuss it with him.
Don’t worry, once you are an established patient your exam and cleaning appointments should only take about an hour. In the beginning we want to make sure we take the necessary time to perform a complete evaluation.
We are “firm in principal but flexible in procedure” so 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***
Any X-rays if applicable.
A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
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, for pre-med.)
If your previous dentist has taken recent x-rays (within 6-months), you may request that they forward them 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.