First Visit Expectations
If you’re like most patients you appreciate being informed before arriving at the dentist. Below is an overview of what you can expect during your first visit to Scheive Family Dental Care.
Let’s get to know each other
Your first visit is not only about our team getting to know you, but also about you getting to know our team. In the time we spend together, we encourage you to ask questions, express your concerns, and share with us anything you want us to know to help make your care as individual as you are.
Part of getting to know you and providing safe, personalized support involves reviewing your medical history. Certain medical conditions and medications and can influence your treatment protocols – so you will be asked to provide a list of your medications and their dosages (including vitamins and supplements).
Generally, our new patient appointments take two hours to complete. This is so we can get to know you and establish a comprehensive treatment plan. We take thorough records including digital photos and necessary x-rays are. Photos help us see the soft tissue that doesn't show up in x-rays, as well as create facial profiles for orthodontic and esthetic cases.
We take the time to comprehensively review your entire dental system, including the muscles of your head and neck and we perform an in-depth oral cancer screening. If our results reveal only a few issues, you may have a cleaning at this appointment. If signs of periodontal disease are present, or your dental needs are extensive, you will need to schedule for root planing and scaling or a cleaning for another day.
You’re in great hands
And if you haven’t been to a dentist in a long while, please don’t worry. You’ve made an important decision – no need to feel guilty!
Once your entire exam is completed, Dr. Scheive will talk with you about her findings. Together you can create a healthy, effective treatment plan that best meets your dental and personal requirements. We can prioritize and stagger your treatments to give you the smile you need in a timeframe you can afford.
Finally, we want you to know we will go above and beyond to make you feel relaxed and safe. Not only is your physical comfort important to us, but your emotional comfort is as well. So, come in, recline and unwind – you’re in great hands.