First Visit Expectations
If you’re like most patients you appreciate being informed before arriving at the dentist. Below is an overview of what you can expect when visiting Gilmer Family Dental.
Let’s Get to Know Each Other
Your first visit is not only about our team getting to know you, but also about you getting to know our team. In the time we spend together, we encourage you to ask questions, express your concerns, and share with us anything you want us to know to help make your care as individual as you are.
Part of getting to know you and providing safe, personalized support involves reviewing your medical history. Certain medical conditions and medications can influence your treatment protocols – so you will be asked to provide a list of your medications and their dosages (including vitamins and supplements).
Taking a Closer Look
Depending on your last visit and Dr. Palmer’s recommendation, a full-mouth series of x-rays and a comprehensive oral exam of your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw will be performed. A non-invasive oral cancer screening will also be completed.
Based on each patient’s needs, a cleaning may be completed at this initial visit. However, Dr. Palmer may determine that a more involved cleaning be performed at a follow up appointment. Each patient has unique needs and these are noted at the first visit to develop a treatment plan just for them.
Once your entire exam is completed, Dr. Palmer will talk with you about his findings. Together you can create a healthy, effective treatment plan that best meets your dental and personal requirements. We can prioritize and stagger your treatments to give you the smile you need in a time frame you can afford.
Remember, you’re in great hands and if you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, please don’t worry. You’ve made an important decision – no need to feel guilty or apologize!
Finally, we want you to know we will go above and beyond to make you feel relaxed and safe. Not only is your physical comfort important to us, but your emotional comfort is as well. When we say our patients are like family to us, we mean it!
New Patient Forms
You can save time at your appointment by filling out our new patient intake forms beforehand.
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