Family Dentistry FAQ
We specialize in lifetime care, which means our focus is on helping you keep your teeth and an attractive smile for your whole life. Below are common questions and our answers about lifetime dental care.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that patients see us at least every 6 months for a cleaning and periodic exam. Why? By we are able to keep the most difficult areas of your mouth clean that are harder to reach with regular brushing and flossing. When these areas are neglected, they can become homes to bacteria that have a harmful effect on your teeth, your gums, and your overall health. So, you'll stay healthier and can avoid unnecessary dental and health problems by seeing us every six months or more if recommended.
What makes you different from other dentists?
We take a personal approach with every patient to understand his or her needs and wants. We work to help you understand all the options available to achieve the goals for your health and the appearance of your smile. You are always in the driver's seat to make the final decision with our total support. We hope you will see us as an important member of your total healthcare team for a lifetime of smiles.
What happens during my first visit?
You can expect a great experience on your first and every visit to our office. The first time you come in, we'll ask you to fill out some routine paperwork including a medical and dental history so we are up to date on your present situation. You'll go through our routine dental exam to check for the health of your teeth and gums as well as do our routine oral cancer exam. Our goal for your first visit is your comfort and peace of mind that comes from knowing you are in good hands and have the information you want to make an informed decision about your health and your smile. For more information on your first visit, see "your first visit"
What if I am afraid?
Fear of dental treatment is common and usually comes from a bad experience in the past or fear of the unknown. We do a number of things to make sure your visit to our office is always a pleasant one:
- We work to customize your treatment and your experience. We recognize that everyone is different. We want to know your concerns as well as your likes so we make every appointment as comfortable as your favorite place to visit.
- If you have had a bad experience in the past, we want to know about it so we can put your mind at ease and help you understand the things we have in place to make sure your visit and treatment is always comfortable.
- We take the time to explain and give you as much information as you would like about your treatment. We will never start any treatment until you are comfortable and give us the OK.
- We have a number of sedation options available for those who would like some additional help relaxing during their visit. We'll be happy to explain options that are available. You are also welcome to read more about some of the options by going to Sedation Dentistry.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
We know that your time is one of your most valuable assets. We work with you to find the most convenient time that fits your schedule for your dental appointments. We reserve your appointment time on our calendar the day we set that appointment together and ask you to do the same so that we can stay on track with the goals you have set for your mouth and your health. In the unlikely event that something unavoidable comes up that prevents you from keeping your appointment, please let us know immediately so that other patients will not be inconvenienced and so that we can work together to stay on track with your treatment.
Just call us or e-mail us. We are happy to respond to any questions you might have.