If you have just moved or are changing dentists for some other reason, you might be a bit nervous about your first appointment at a different office. Luckily, if you follow these tips, you can help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
1. Find the Office
If you're in a new area or if you are otherwise a bit unsure of where the dental practice is located, it might be worth it to find it a few days before your appointment. Then, you can help ensure that you are able to find the office without too much stress on the day of your appointment. If this isn't an option, consider looking up the directions online or calling the dental office for directions so that you will know where to go.
2. Gather Up Medical and Insurance Information
Your new dentist is going to need your dental records from your previous visits and will need to know about your medical history, such as any risk factors that you might have and whether or not you suffer from various health conditions. In advance, take the time to contact your old dental office to ask about having your records transferred over to your new dental practice. You'll also want to make a list of any medications that you are on and any health conditions that you might have so that you can turn this information in at your dental appointment. Additionally, even though you might not have had to present your insurance information at your old dental practice in a while since you might have had an insurance card on file, you're going to need to be prepared to bring this information to your new dental practice.
3. Arrive Early
It's always a good idea to arrive for a dental appointment a few minutes early, but it's especially important when you are going to a different practice for the first time. This is because you might have to fill out some paperwork as a new patient, and you'll want to give yourself plenty of time to do so without interfering with your appointment.
Visiting a new dental practice can be a little bit scary, but it doesn't have to be a big deal. If you follow these three steps ahead of time, you can help ensure that you are prepared and that things go as smoothly as possible on the day of your appointment. Contact the dental practice for more info on preparing for your appointment.