Going to the dentist is something that is part and parcel of life if you want to keep all your teeth by age 30, but when it comes to preparation, most of us are fairly lax in terms of how we prepare. After all your dentist is a busy man and has lots of other patients to see, why wouldn’t you make it easy for him? So here are a few handy pointers when preparing for your time in the chair.
- Always Confirm!
Unexpected things happen, including to dentists, funnily enough, emergency cases, sudden sickness and even death in the family are all reasons your dentist may not be available to make your appointment. So before you make the hour drive to visit your practitioner make sure you give reception a quick call to make sure they are ready to receive you. Conversely, if you for whatever reason can’t make it, be sure to inform the surgery so they can then offer that spot to other patients in need.
- Clean your teeth!
Nobody likes it when you don’t brush your teeth. Especially a highly reputable dentist, who has to get up close and personal, spare a thought and ensure you thoroughly brush your teeth, and flossing those hard to reach areas. After all, you don’t want the dentist rushing your root canal because he’s trying to get away from your breath!
- Get there on time!
Preferably up to 15 minutes early to ensure that you are settled and ready with the correct paperwork and ready to talk the dentist about what the problem is. Also, you may have the opportunity to see the doctor earlier than anticipated if his prior appointment finishes earlier than expected.
- If you’re scared, say something!
Your dentist is probably very well aware that people often feel nervous about sitting in his chair, anxiously awaiting whatever treatment he recommends. Make sure if you are having feelings of extreme anxiety or fear of having him work on your teeth that you inform the dentist that you feel this way. He will probably have a system of his own for exactly this scenario, usually based on working for small time periods and then allowing rest breaks when the pain becomes too intense. But the worst thing you can do is stay silent.
- Prepare your Information
When you arrive at the dentist it’s important that you have all the information the dentist needs to evaluate the best course of treatment for you as an individual, to do this he needs information such as any changes to your medical history, any new medications you may be taking, and any preexisting conditions that may interfere with his work. Also handy to have is a copy of your contact details, full address and any personal details required that may have changed since your last checkup.
I hope this has given you a better understanding of what is needed from you to best facilitate your dentist when you have an appointment