Finding a new dental office can often be a challenge. Fortunately, Steve Buchanan, DDS at Northwest OKC Dental Care in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma can satisfy all your dental needs. The following will provide you with a detailed guide outlining what to expect from your first visit to our dental office.
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Here is a brief summary of everything you need to know to be ready for your first visit to Northwest OKC Dental Care in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Your first step is to call our office at 405-840-7714 and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know us better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures we offer and how your smile can benefit from them.
Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist you in scheduling an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be asked to fill out a new patient form, along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to give yourself plenty of time to complete these forms.
This paperwork is divided into two categories, both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about your dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free, efficient and effective appointment. Patients can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays, so there are no extra particles in your mouth.
Our dentist will generally look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination and explain the procedure to you accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history, we may ask you additional questions about your teeth. This is fairly common in the event that our dentist sees anything unusual or something that was not mentioned in the forms.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the current condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays, as they provide the dentist with a much more detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is easily able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures with the panoramic X-ray. X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes to complete, and they are completely safe.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay found in your mouth. They may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our practice. Afterward, you will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan with our team, if needed.
As soon as your initial visit has been completed with our dentist and you have discussed your treatment plan in depth, we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment, depending on your availability. These follow-up sessions would mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for any upcoming procedures.
It is highly recommended for patients to attend these follow-up visits at least twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing. During these routine check-ups, the teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape. The most effective dental care is preventative care.