Preparing for your Dental Appointment

brooklyn-dentist-appointmentWhether you’re heading to a semi-annual checkup or an appointment to address a specific dental concern, heading out to the dentist can be a daunting task for so many patients. One of the easiest ways to ensure a smooth appointment is simple to prepare ahead of time! Whether you’re a new or existing patient, keep these tips in mind to help you prepare for your appointment:

  1. New patient information: If you’re a new patient to the specific practice, be sure to have any previous dental history transferred to the new office.
  2. Clean up: Prior to your appointment, it is wise to brush and floss, as you normally would. This will help you to feel clean and relaxed and ready to open wide. However, don’t brush or floss TOO strongly, as this will irritate your gums, and may lead to some discomfort.
  3. Prepare any personal information: Be prepared to fill out a form providing your medical history, insurance policy, or any changes to your health.
  4. Bring any questions or dental concerns with you: Prior to your appointment, make a note to mention any dental concerns or questions you may have. Be prepared to discuss any pain, soreness, or sensitivity that you may be experiencing. This is also a good time to bring awareness to any anxiety or fear that you may be having. Many dentists offer forms of sedation dentistry, or simply, know how to care for those with dental anxiety.

With these simple steps, you’ll be ensured an overall smoother, more efficient, and more comfortable appointment with your Brooklyn NY dentist!