How do I prepare for a dental visit?
- Get a good night's sleep.
- If you are prone to dental anxiety, eat a high-protein snack and avoid caffeinated or sugary beverages on the day of your visit to help calm you.
- If your dental visit coincides with your usual mealtime, bring a healthy snack to munch on.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Bring a list of medications (name and dosage), as well as the name of your recent and current health care practitioners. Additionally, alert Dr. Frost of any medical conditions you have been diagnosed with.
- Jot down any questions you can think of on a notepad. Bring extra paper with you to record Dr. Frost's answers and any oral care instructions.
What happens during an Exam?
Expect Dr. Frost to perform a thorough examination, detect potential problems, and provide an appropriate treatment plan. An initial examination may include some or all of the following procedures: a soft tissue examination; a screening and examination for periodontal diseases; and a detailed charting of cavities, existing restorations (filling and crown), other tooth conditions; and an oral cancer screening. Dental X-rays also may be taken to locate any abnormalities or injures that cannot be detected through a visual exam.
Is It Important to Share A Complete Medical History?
Yes, Even if you've seen the same dentist for years, communicate any changes in your mouth or medical conditions that have been recently diagnosed. Health conditions, medications, even vitamins, can interfere with routine dental procedures. If you have a medical condition, such as heart-valve problems, recent total joint replacement, or insulin-dependent diabetes, Dr. Frost may prescribe antibiotics before your dental visit to prevent the spread of bacteria. These procedures could include professional teeth cleaning extractions and implant surgery.
If you are a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, it is important to inform Dr. Frost about your condition. According to the National Institutes of Health, 40 percent of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy experience oral complications including salivary gland dysfunction, which leads to dry mouth, rampant dental decay, and painful mouth sores. The more Dr. Frost knows about your medical history and overall health, the better he is able develop a personalized dental treatment plan to help improve your quality of life.
Are Routine visits necessary?
Yes, Make sure to get regular dental checkups at least every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It requires you to be an informed patient and an active participant in your own health. Ask Dr. Frost questions about results from your checkup and any recommended treatment. If you have researched an oral health problem, the information you gather can help you identify health concerns and ask the right questions.
Do I need to discuss payment arrangements before my visit?
Yes, So it's a good idea to discuss this with the receptionist before your visit. Making payment arrangements ahead of time also can help reduce pre-visit related stress. If possible, find out what services your dental insurance covers. Ask whether Dr. Frost accepts this kind of insurance and about what payment options are offered.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you cannot keep a scheduled dental appointment, don't wait until the last minute to cancel or not show up at all. Since we have set up a specific time slot for your oral health care, you should provide us with as much notice of cancellation as possible. Penalties for missed appointments can vary and we reserve the right to charge you for failure to cancel. While some emergencies may make it difficult to provide advance notice, 48 hours is recommended.
If you're unsure about what to ask Dr. Frost, try these questions:
- What type of toothbrush and floss is best for me?
- Am I brushing and flossing effectively?
- Are my teeth and gums healthy?
If you are uncomfortable asking Dr. Frost questions, many health-related Web sites offers a place to anonymously post a question. The Academy's SmileLine Online is a good place to start. This service gives patients and consumers the opportunity to have their questions answered via the Internet. SmileLine Online allows patients to post a question and have it answered by a member dentist of the Academy. The AGD Web site also serves as an ideal resource for consumer-related dental health information. To post a question or browse dental health topics, visit the Academy's Web site at www.agd.org and click on the big red smile.