Effective Dental Preparation: 3 Tips to Ensure an Easier Dental Checkup

February 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmattson @ 3:17 am
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No matter how many times you have been to the dentist’s office, there are always things you can do to better prepare. Whether you struggle to be on time, feel unsure about how you’ll pay, or don’t feel confident enough to divulge your concerns, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to make these six-month visits easier for everyone – that means you and your dentist. Keep reading to discover three effective tips that will ensure your next dental checkup is easy and successful.

Set an Alarm to Make Sure You’re on Time

Your dentist understands that your time is precious, and it’s why they will go to great lengths to ensure that you get the most out of your scheduled appointment by answering your questions and addressing your concerns.

However, if you are late for your appointment, not only does this cut into the time you’re allotted with your dentist, but it also creates delays for other patients.

To avoid being disrespectful to your dental team as well as losing valuable time in the dentist’s chair, set an alarm on your phone to make sure you arrive on time. This might mean checking the traffic ahead of time to ensure you leave early enough to avoid busy parts of town.

Don’t Be Afraid to Discuss Your Concerns

Your dentist is your friend and ally. They want to know if something is bothering you, or if you are afraid of one or more aspects of the dentist’s office. They want your experience to be the best, which is why it is in your best interest to convey your concerns at the start of your appointment.

No matter if it’s the type of treatment you’re preparing for or a particular instrument that doesn’t feel good when used, it’s better to express your concerns and/or fears early on so that adjustments can be made. It might also be possible to recommend effective solutions to minimize these concerns and anxieties when visiting their office.

Choose Your Preferred Payment Method

While you may not know how much you can expect to pay before arriving for your appointment, you’ll want to have an idea of which payment option you’ll want to pursue. If you have dental insurance, make sure that the administrative team has your information so that they can inform you of any out-of-pocket expenses you’ll incur.

If you require assistance when paying for your treatment, inquire about flexible financing and an in-house payment option. This will help when it comes to checking out after your treatment is complete and making the process smooth and seamless.

Your dental checkups don’t have to be difficult or result in headaches. Instead, by following these tips, you can make your next appointment easier than ever before.

About the Author
Dr. Monica Mattson attended Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, earning her DDS. In 1995, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and completed a General Practice Residency in Dentistry at the Naval Hospital of Camp Pendleton, CA. At Diamond Dental of Owings Mills, she and her team offer preventive dentistry that allows for better patient oral health. When it comes to scheduling your next appointment, contact us at (516) 798-3808 to find out what you can do to ensure an easier, more successful visit!