What do I need to bring to my first visit?
For your first visit, you will need to bring :
1) Your insurance Card
2) A valid photo ID
3) Your SMILE
Can I bring family members and kids to the visit?
Yes! If you have an overbearing family where your 3 sisters, 4 nephews and grandpa want to be there chair-side for your dental appointment, you have found the right place. Family is important and we would love to get to know your family. Whether you would like to have the kids in the treatment room with you or would like us to put on Bubble Guppies for the kids on TV, we never have a problem accommodating family. In fact it brightens our day.
How long will my first visit take?
The first appointment is the most comprehensive visit. While the time varies based on the complexity of each persons dental health, most first patient visits take between an hour to 1.5 hrs.
What is done during my first visit?
At your first visit, we will do the following :
- Get to know you!
- Take x-rays
- Intra-oral pictures
- Visual oral cancer screening
- A detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth
- Treatment plan what you need
- Get to know you some more
If time is a constraint for you or you need more than a preventative cleaning, we schedule the cleaning for another day.
Will there be x-rays at my first visit?
YES! Dr. Khambaty needs to get a detailed view of your mouth and each tooth in order to do a comprehensive exam. We know they are uncomfortable but our staff is great at making it fast and easy. If you have had x-rays in the last 6 months we can try and use them. We usually like to take our own for our records. We also take colored pictures (intra-oral images) of all your teeth. This helps us determine your oral health needs.
Additionally, the dentist may ask for a Panoramic X-ray, or Panorex. This type of film provides a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, and helps the dentist understand your bite and the relationship between the different teeth and your arch.
What is the point of x-rays?
X-rays can diagnose problems that can not be seen by the naked eye, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
Should I be concerned about radiation?
Dr. Khambaty has always been cautious about radiation and specifically hand picked the x-ray machine used at Valley Ranch Family Dentistry. It is a machine that emits virtually no radiation — no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. Additionally, as a precaution, we have you wear a lead apron when having an X-ray.
As always, if you are pregnant, inform the dentist, as X-rays should only be taken in emergency situations.
Should I be anxious or nervous about my first visit?
Absolutely not! Dr. Khambaty has designed her dental practice in a way to lessen anxiety for her patients. There are a number of well-thought out yet subtle steps which will put you at ease.
1) The waiting room has been decorated to not look like typical dental office. Dr. Khambaty has carefully selected couches, rugs, wall-art and pillows to make her patients feel like they are at home.
2) Our dental chairs have massagers built-in to them.
3) You can relax and watch your favorite TV show on Netflix while on the chair.
4) We have throws available if you feel cold.
5) Dr. Khambaty takes the time to explain what she is about to do in simple terms and answers questions until you are comfortable. This puts your mind at ease.
Can I fill my forms out before I come in?
Definitely! We actually prefer that you do. We have invested in online forms that can be filled out from your phone or computer. A link to the forms are sent with your appointment confirmation. It helps us speed up your appointment and ensures we have all the information we need. If you aren’t able to complete the forms before hand, no worries! You can fill them out in the office.
Will I get a cleaning the same day?
We always try to get the cleaning done at the same visit. We understand it is hard to take time off of work or away from your loved ones. However, if you need more than a preventative cleaning we may need to reschedule
How do I schedule my appointment?
Scheduling an appointment with us is simple.
1) By Phone : You can call us at 972-597-2227
2) By Email : You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (for when you are busy at work)
3) On our Website : by using the link on our main page (for when you remember to you needed to go to the dentist at midnight)
Can I get my treatment done the same day?
Yes. We know its difficult to get away from work so if time allows it we can take care of a filling or a crown or whatever else you may be needing.
Our goal is to make it easy for you.
What age should I bring my child in?
Dr. Khambaty recommends to bring your child in as soon as they get their first tooth. We love to get to know the rest of your family, so please bring in the whole family!
What do I do once I am done with my first appointment?
Dr. Khambaty will typically leave you with follow up instructions after each appointment, pay close attention to your mouth and if any of the criteria she mentions is applicable, give us a call right away. And don’t forget to leave us a review!!
How Long Should I go Between Visits?
If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won’t need to return for six months. If further treatment is required — say to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown — you should return as per the dentists instructions. Most times you can make an appointment before leaving the office. Don’t forget to ask your dentist any questions you may have —this is your chance to get the answers you need.
To make your visit as pleasant and brief as possible, there are a few things you should bring with you.
If you’ve had dental x-rays in the last six months, please bring them to your first appointment. If you don’t have them, plan on biting down on that little cardboard thingy. New x-rays will be taken.
With just a few simple forms, we’ll ask for relevant medical history, any medications you might be taking, your dental history, and any dental insurance coverage you may have.