Tips on Preparing for Your Dental Appointment

Visiting the dentist isn’t everyone’s favourite activity, but being well prepared can go a long way in making your appointment more comfortable and efficient. If you are experiencing any issues with your teeth, you’d hate to forget to mention it to your dentist during the appointment and have to endure another couple months of pain. Following these simple tips will help both you your dentist make the most of your appointment.

Confirm Your Appointment

At Signal Hill Dental Centre, we will always confirm your appointment with you before hand. Confirming your appointment also helps to remind you the exact time of your appointment. Nobody wants to show up 2 hours early by mistake, and end up waiting around!

Make Sure Your Dentist Has Your Documents

If this is the first time visiting your dentist, make sure that your dental history and documents have made their way from your old dental clinic to the new one. We want you to receive the best treatment possible and being up to date with your oral history helps us do so. If you’d like to speed up the process, you can review, download and fill out new patient forms in advance here.

Have Your Questions Ready

Curious about Invisalign or veneers? Have your questions ready for your dentist so that we can help provide you with the information you are looking for. You can also chat with our knowledgeable and experienced hygienists. It may also be helpful for you to check out our frequently asked questions page prior to your appointment.

Bring Notes on Current or Outstanding Concerns

Have you been experiencing any pain or uncomfortableness? Let us know. It can be helpful for you to take notes on when the pain began, what level of pain it is, and anything that you believe could have caused it to start. Providing your dentist with this information paints a more detailed picture of them, so that they can get to the “root” of the problem (no pun intended).

Arrive Early

We recommended arriving 15 minutes early to check in with our receptionist, use the washroom, and perhaps grab a drink of water. Your hygienist will come get you when they are ready. Who knows, their last appointment may have finished early so you might even get to sneak in there before your scheduled time.

Brush and Floss

If you are rushing out the door and have to skip brushing and flossing, it’s no problem. Our hygienists have seen worse, we can assure you. However, most people feel self-conscious if they forgo their at home cleaning prior to their appointment. If you do have time to freshen up before you appointment, brush your teeth in the same manner to the typically recommended time of at least 2 minutes, spending 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth. Then, a quick floss and you are good to go!

We hope that these tips helped you understand that preparing for your appointment could be just as important as the appointment itself! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask any of us at Signal Hill Dental Centre. We hope to see you soon!