New Patient Guide
If you are visiting our dentist in Mandeville, LA for the first time, you are in for a pleasant experience. To make it even better, we are sharing an overview of our process.
Initial consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
Paperwork for New Patients
If you are pleased with our dentist after the initial meeting, our team at Bluebonnet Dental Care will further assist in setting an appointment for you. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history/records. It is suggested that you come at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.
This paperwork is divided into two categories both of which need to be properly completed. The first set of forms requires your personal details. In this form, you will have to fill in personal information such as name, age, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you will have to provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and also, in case of dental insurance, details about the policy and the insurance provider.
It is important for you to be precise and truthful in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit the website and fill out the enrollment forms online. This saves you time and ensures your hassle-free appointment scheduling, along with an efficient and effective visit. You may download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session with our dentist.
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.
Our dentist generally looks for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explains all the steps and findings accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth and general oral health issues while examining you. This is common in the event that our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The X-rays are suggested to be performed each time a patient comes in with a severe problem, or routinely after at least a year, as the state of teeth has probably changed in that time.
The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.
Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.
Post Examination Review
After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that were found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will come up with the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for you, customized to your requirements to help in solving your dental issues.
After discussing your future treatment, you will also receive the total costs for any particular procedure. Our office offers payment plans and our dentist and staff can guide you in selecting what best suits you. At this time, you may discuss with your dentist the suggested treatments and the expenses. If you have dental or medical insurance and you are planning on using this benefit to cover any procedure, you may discuss the coverage with our dentist, as well.
Now that you have met with our dentist at Bluebonnet Dental Care in Mandeville, LA and discussed about your treatment process and related questions at length, we will schedule you for a follow-up meeting according to your needs. These follow-up meetings will be mostly for teeth cleaning and preparing your teeth for upcoming procedures.
It is highly suggested that people have follow-up sessions twice a year to prevent any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing. During these routine checkups, the teeth are usually cleaned and prepared to ensure that they remain in good shape.
We understand that a number of people have a busy routine and it is not an easy task to remember a dental appointment. To deal with this concern our office always provide our patients with a smile reminder, which is either sent through a message or an email in order to help you remember about your dental appointment and even driving directions for your initial visit.
You can Call us for an appointment or come to our office today. Our team is looking forward for you and will answer any questions you may have.