Your first visit will consist of an office tour, x-rays, complete examination, and the appropriate prophylaxis. Our doctors will evaluate your gums, your oral hygiene, test for oral cancer, and any potential treatment options. After you initial visit is complete by one of our highly trained staff members will sit down with you and go over proper hygiene procedures. If you are having a dental emergency, appropriate care will be rendered to alleviate any discomfort.
You may pre-register with us by printing our Patient Registration Form. This will save you time when you come in to our office for your first visit.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- If you have dental insurance, bring with you all the information you have about your coverage.
- Let us know if you have a medical condition that may be of concern such as artificial heart valves and joints, mitral valve prolapse, rheumatic fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you are on any medication such as heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc. Some patients may require preventive antibiotics before dental treatment.
- Bring a list of medications you are presently taking
Initial visits for children ages 3-5yrs will consist of what we call a "Happy Visit". At Summerlin Smiles we know how important first impressions for children are; at this visit we will help your child become familiar with our practice. The extent of your child's happy visit depends on your child. We will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child's teeth.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut or trip to the shoe store. This will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child (they have radar for these things). Your child's reaction to his/her first visit to the dentist may surprise you.* All children under the age of 18yrs MUST be accompanied by an adult.