Welcome to Queen Anne Family Dental Family Dentistry! We are always excited to meet a new patient and explore their oral health care needs. Our approach and goals are going to vary based on your age bracket and the information we gather in your initial examination. Whether we are offering guidance in teething, examining primary teeth, preventing decay, restoring teeth or advising on tooth replacement, we have the tips, tools, and information to assist you in your dental health.
Getting to Know One Another
Your initial appointment with our team will be an information-gathering visit, often with a dental cleaning and exam included. Before your appointment, we will provide the patient or guardian paperwork that will assist us in creating a patient account. This will include any dental and medical insurance information; we will also ask dental and health-related questions. If possible, providing insurance information a few days before your appointment will allow our office time to contact your insurance and then be prepared to answer your financial questions based on your policy.
When it comes to your health, it’s best to provide us with all information, even if it seems irrelevant. Medical diagnosis, including if the patient is diabetic, has a heart condition, or is taking any prescribed medication can alter how we perform treatment. You may be surprised to learn that medications for other areas of your body, though it may seem unrelated to your mouth, are pertinent. Many medications can reduce your level of saliva production, affecting your oral health.
Additionally, some medications can alter the coloring of your teeth. This alteration may not be simply cleared away with whitening, we can discuss other options.
New Patient Visit
We want our patients to feel at ease, while also providing the tips and guidance that can help you make positive habits in caring for your teeth and gums for years to come. Depending on your age and reason for your appointment, you can generally expect:
|Examine Space: Particularly with our younger primary and teenage patients, we are happy to show and demonstrate our space. We can show how the chair operates, the tools we use, and the accessories including the sunglasses and paper bibs.
|Discuss and Educate: We find discussion with our patients, from children to teens and adults, to be vital to the work we do. We want to explain in age-appropriate detail the steps we take and then educate our patients on why we are doing it. Additionally, we discuss home oral health routines, what steps should be taken and why. If the patient requires treatment, we like to visually show the problem spot and then in clear detail explain the process and why it is important.
|Dental Cleaning: A dental cleaning performed by a professional hygienist is a very important step to your dental visit. We review decay levels, examine teeth for trouble spots, and remove bacteria.
|Prevention: Preventive steps will improve your oral health and help keep it healthier longer. We may discuss fluoride treatment and sealants depending on the age and needs of the patient.