What can I expect on my first dental visit?

Dental appointments can be daunting. Dental health is essential to your overall health, but many people are reluctant to see their dentist as often as they should.


Going to the dentist is important because dental problems can lead to other health issues. Read on to learn about what you can expect on your first dental visit.


How to prepare for your initial visit

Here are some suggestions to prepare for your appointment and make the experience less overwhelming.


First, it’s never a bad idea to write down any questions or concerns about your teeth so you can remember to ask them during the appointment. Second, schedule your appointment for a time when you know you'll be relaxed and comfortable. Finally, try to keep an open mind during your consultation.


What to expect on your first visit

Visiting the dentist for oral surgery or other dental procedures for the first time can sometimes feel pretty daunting. Here's some good news - the team at Sherwood Oral Surgery is here to make you feel comfortable and to answer any questions you may have. Knowing what typically happens and what to expect on your first visit can help relax you.

During your first visit, you can expect your dentist to do the following:


1. Review your medical and oral health history


For this first session, your dentist and maybe one of the surgical/dental assistants will review your medical history and start by asking you questions about your oral health. This could cover information regarding previous surgeries, allergies and adverse reactions to specific medicines, anesthesia, medications you are currently taking, and more. Your dentist will ask about any problems you may be experiencing hence the reason for the visit.


2. Perform an oral examination


The dentist will perform a clinical exam on your teeth, gums, jaws, and mouth to determine your specific concerns and needs. If necessary, they will take X-rays and radiographs to check for existing or potential problems.


3. Explain the findings and treatment options


After examination, the dentist will then explain your diagnosis and treatment options. Your dental procedure will vary depending on what your dentist needs to do. The dentist will go over each option with you and explain the pros and cons of each procedure, as well as possible risks and complications.


4. Give you instructions for the procedure


The dentist will also give you instructions on preparing and what to expect during the procedure. For example, you will be informed if you need to fast for how many hours before the procedure or if you need to have someone to drive you home after the appointment. The dentist will also provide a list of things you can and cannot do after the procedure to avoid complications and how to take care of yourself for the next few days.


Don't hesitate to ask questions to understand the whole process. You may need additional clarifications about the procedure, dental care and treatment options, insurance, and financial matters. Don't be shy to ask anything you want to know to feel at ease.


At times, the dentist can perform the surgery on the same day. However, if your medical history is complicated or if the treatment option will require more evaluation, you may need to have a follow up appointment for the treatment.


What to bring to your first dental visit

To make your first visit to the dental office go smoothly, bring all the requirements and paperwork with you, including the following:

  • A list of over-the-counter and prescribed medications you are currently taking

  • Medical or dental insurance cards

  • Referral slips from your dentist

  • X-ray results if you've had X-rays taken by your physician or dentist

  • Personal data form.

Print out and fill up the first visit form to help you save time. This form contains your personal information, health history, privacy policy, and financial agreement forms.


Bottom Line

To summarize, your first dental visit will be a consultation to better understand your concerns and goals. It's time for the dentist to get to know you and your dental history by completing a mouth examination, including looking at your teeth, gums, and bite. If necessary, they may take impressions of your teeth or X-rays and discuss their findings with you. The dentist will then present you with treatment plans and options to ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come.


At Sherwood Oral and Dental Implant Surgery, we try to keep the process of your first visit as simple and stress-free as possible. We understand you might be nervous, but we want you to know that you are in the hands of professionals who can give you exceptional care and want you to enjoy your experience with us. We specialize in various procedures, including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, oral pathology, corrective jaw surgery, and more.


Call us at (434) 792-4043 to set your first visit, or visit our website for more information.