Preparing for a Visit at Prairie Dental

Taking good care of your oral health can positively contribute to your mental, physical and social well-being. Who doesn’t want to eat, speak and socialize without discomfort, pain or embarrassment? As important it is for us to maintain our physical health by exercising and eating healthy, proper oral care is a lifelong commitment. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, eating healthy and nutrient rich foods, brushing and flossing and having routine dental visits are all vital parts of your ongoing oral care.

Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been going to your dentist regularly for many years, a comprehensive examination, thorough cleaning and follow-up check-ups can help keep your gums and teeth healthier and your mouth feeling fresh. We wanted to share some helpful tips to help you prepare for a visit with the dentist to ensure your appointment goes as smoothly as possible!

  1. Our wonderful Admin team sends reminders via text or email to confirm your appointment. Remember to confirm  your appointment and complete your COVID-19 and Medical history questionnaire ahead of your appointment!
  2. Make sure you provide your dentist's office access to your dental records. If this is your first visit, we are happy to contact your prior dental office to facilitate the process of transferring your dental history records transferred.
  3. It is critical that your dentist knows what medications you're taking and the dosage. If you can't remember the names, take pictures of your medication or write them down before you visit!
  4. Bring your payment and insurance information! In most cases, we are able to directly bill your insurance, however there is a portion that needs to be covered by the patient, so be sure you have this information with you at your appointment.
  5. Avoid caffeine before your dental appointment.  Too much caffeine can cause you to be jittery which can make it harder for the dentist to work on your teeth properly.
  6. If you have anxiety, getting a good night's sleep will give your brain enough time to rest, dispelling anxiety and calming your nerves. Not only does getting enough sleep put you in a good mood, but it energizes your body!
  7. Speaking of anxiety, if you have any fear or are anxious, share you concerns with our experienced team. The dentist can help calm your nerves by throwing on some Netflix, music, headphones. Sometimes having the Dentist walk you through what your appointment entails is enough to lessen your anxiety!
  8. Be open and honest! In order for your dentist to provide you with the best care possible, your dentist needs to know about your oral hygiene, pain and any concerns.
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