Suffering from dry mouth can lead to severe damage and various issues with your oral health. When your body cannot produce enough saliva, tooth decay and gum disease often follow,...
If you have dental anxiety, any interaction with the dentist’s office feels like an incredible obstacle. How do you start feeling better about dental care when it seems impossible to even make it into the office? The first step might seem counterintuitive, but it’s absolutely necessary: schedule a consultation. This preliminary appointment will provide information, give you a better idea of your oral health, and help you plan out a treatment plan that leaves you feeling comfortable.
To soothe your nerves prior to your appointment, do a little research to learn what to expect. We promise, the appointment isn’t going to be as stressful as the one you’ve imagined. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – we cater to anxious patients, and we’re here to help.
Your Dental Consultation with Hoffman Dental Care
Each consultation is different, depending on your needs. Has it been a few years since you’ve had a dental appointment? We’ll take x-rays, go over your dental history, and perform an exam and cleaning. Hoping to discuss cosmetic opportunities? There will be an examination and a thorough discussion about your goals. Need to replace a missing tooth? We’ll map out a plan for comprehensive restoration and detail your options.
That said, there are a few universal things to expect from any consultation. Do a little prep beforehand, and you’ll find yourself feeling far calmer on the day of.
- Examination – Dr. Hoffman will examine your teeth and check on existing cavities, gum disease, worn dentition, or other problems.
- X-rays – These diagnostic images will give us more information about the health and structure of your teeth, jaws, and bones, and aid in tooth restoration.
- Conversation about your dental goals – Whether your interests are general, cosmetic, or restorative, we’ll need to learn more about what you’d like to gain from treatment. Dr. Hoffman will make recommendations based on your health and what he observes about your teeth, and you’ll have a chance to consider that guidance before getting started. If you’re especially nervous, it might be a good idea to write down your questions or concerns ahead of time. This way, you won’t forget anything, and your thoughts will stay organized.
- Treatment plan – Dr. Hoffman will propose a treatment plan that answers your dental needs, and talk through the treatment process. You have no obligation to get started right away – if you’d like, you can take time to consider your options.