The quality of your dental health influences your physical, mental and even social well-being. After all, a beautiful, healthy mouth allows you to eat, talk and smile unapologetically. This is why it is so important to adopt healthy habits like brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist every year. If you haven’t made an appointment in a long time or meeting the dentist makes you nervous, you may not be sure how to prepare for your consultation. Below are some steps to follow to make this one go as smoothly as possible.
Choose a Dentist
Preferably, choose a dentist who can handle dental emergencies. You will be grateful in the event of an accident or a toothache! Observe the clinic equipment. Is it new? Does it use the latest technologies? Common areas such as the waiting room should also be open and welcoming.
Make sure your special needs are taken care of, too. Ask yourself, for example, if the practice adjusts its services for anxious patients, or if the dentists are used to treating children.
Your dentist will need certain information like your dental health history to offer you the best service possible. Since he only has access to the history of your visits to his office, it is your responsibility to tell him about the procedures and treatments received elsewhere. You can share this information verbally or, even better, ask your former doctor to transfer your file.
You are also responsible for bringing your health insurance card and any information relating to your dental insurance, if applicable, to conclude the transaction without a hitch. Finally, bring a list of all your medications, including the full dosage.
Afraid of forgetting something? Bring a list of everything you want to discuss with the dentist.
On the Day of the Appointment
A good night’s sleep will help dispel any anxiety you may be feeling. Your appointment will go smoothly if you feel calm and well-rested. Arrive early enough not to feel rushed and to have enough time to fill out forms if necessary. If you are nervous, tell your dentist, who will certainly be able to put you at ease. Finally, be honest and open with him: His job is not to judge you, but to help you.
At Carrefour Dentaire de Montréal, we provide care within 24 hours of initial contact and offer extended hours designed to accommodate our patients. We offer several dental treatments and specialties under one roof, using advanced techniques and technologies, as well as various pain management devices. In short, there are many reasons to entrust us with your smile!