Becoming a patient
We’re happy you’re considering us. The first thing to know before you come in is everyone here is committed to providing gentle, efficient care. Part of that care is letting you know what to expect, and making sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. If you’re a new patient or have children who will be visiting us, we want to take the time now to walk you through the first visit! That way, it’ll almost be like you’ve been here before when you walk in for the first time.
When you walk in, Ashley will greet you and check you in. Then, one of us will call you back.
Children are incredibly bright and impressionable. Their first check up with us can shape their views of dentists and dental care for years. It’s really important to us that we give each child a positive, comfortable experience.
After we call them back:
- Meet Dr. Gabe and get a chance to settle in to the check up chair.
- Sit in our special check-up chair, or on a parent’s lap if that’s more comfortable.
- We show off all of the toys dentists get to play with, like the suction machine and water spray.
- Ask them to show off their smile.
- Quick check to spot any early risk factors.
- A conversation about home-care tips and tricks, and healthy eating habits.
- If they’re comfortable, they’ll get to have their teeth cleaned.
- We answer any questions they might have.
- After they hop off the chair, they get to pick a prize!
If your child is feeling especially anxious about visiting us, we are more than happy to meet them without a check up. We can show them around and let them get comfortable with us and our environment to try and alleviate that fear of the first check-up.
First, we’ll chat with you, get to know you, and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also ensure we check on anything that may be worrying you.
After that we’ll:
- Check on your soft tissue and teeth.
- Do any necessary x-rays.
- Complete a gum-health evaluation.
- Test the acidity of your mouth to see if we can recommend any preventative tricks to help your enamel (the protective casing of your teeth) stay strong.
- Provide any additional testing you may need to give you a total picture of your dental health—teeth, gums and all.
Then, as long as time allows, we’ll make sure you leave the office all freshened up with a teeth cleaning. We can’t wait to meet you!