What to expect before, during and after your first appointment. Page 2
Yes, there is a bunch of a paper work we need you to fill out due to regulations imposed by regulatory agencies. It will be helpful, and will save a lot of your time at the office, if you can download those forms from the site (Forms tab is located on the left side of the website) and bring them to the office filled out or fax them to us at 714.540.1733. Hopefully soon, this procedure can be done electronically from your home computer through the Internet. This will save a lot of paper and trees.
When you will get to the office, please allow yourself to arrive a couple of minutes earlier in order to take a breath to relax prior to your appointment. We do understand the thought of a dental treatment can bring up some degree of anxiety, but it does not have to. Nowadays we can manage your past experiences. If they were positive, we can build on that. If they were difficult we can offer different options to make it more pleasant, starting from oral medications and laughing gas to putting you totally and comfortably to sleep, so that you can wake up to a brand new smile. One note of warning. If your experience is far and above your expectations, we would appreciate a hug. Fair?
During your first visit we would like to offer you a tour of the practice. We welcome to ask any questions. If I do not have the answer, I promise to find out. After practicing for 20 years, I heard all of them, but I have been surprised on occasion. Like the other day, a patient wanted to know a chemical composition of the dental appliance. I had taken a dental materials class back at USC about 24 years ago, so I had to do my research, but the answer was found.
Please plan about an hour and a half to two hours for your first visit, during which we will gather information, and then will present to you whatever we will discover together during your dental examination. Some digital x-rays will be taken along with photos of your dental health. You can and should know about condition of your dental health. You will be able to see, maybe for the first time in your life, how the teeth look in your mouth. We can offer a latest in dental diagnostics: Diagnodent laser, which helps to find even the smallest caries, not possible to find with a standard tools. We will carefully and thoroughly perform an oral examination and will explain in a lay person language and show you our findings. Please feel free to ask any questions, including what I see in your mouth, what treatment I recommend, my background, experience and education. Even better idea, think of questions prior to the visit, write them down, and bring your list to a consultation appointment. This way you will come prepared and will not forget something important, which you have always wanted to ask.
What else could help is for you to take a couple of minutes and take a look at your smile. Are you happy with your smile? Is there anything you want to improve? Maybe a teeth color, position, shape or their alignment. Whatever it is, we are here for you, and are ready to help, whenever you are ready.