What should I expect on my first visit?
Welcome to our practice! We are conveniently located in beautiful and historical downtown San Clemente. As you enter our practice, you will quickly notice that there are no patient charts insight. This is because we are a 100% paperless office. Going paperless is not only better for the environment, but it’s also a more secure way of storing your private information. With paperless charting, we store your private information securely on remote, encrypted servers. Important documents are either entered directly into our paperless system or are scanned and stashed in our remote servers.
Becoming a new patient:
In order to register you as a new patient we must first have you register with Linda at our front desk. Our registration process is quite simple and requires some basic background information, medical history and privacy consent forms. Once we you have completed the necessary paperwork, Karen will bring you back to take your X-rays. Be sure to let us know if you are pregnant or if there is any reason why we shouldn’t take your X-rays. Once we take your X-rays, you are ready to be seen by our dentist. Dr. Jazayeri will carefully review your health history, chief complaint and X-rays to learn more about you. We will perform your cancer screening, periodontal exam and full oral evaluation. If you’re scheduled for a cleaning, we will complete your cleaning on your first visit as well. Additional work may be completed at this time or scheduled for another visit accordingly.
Relevant medical information:
Please take your time to fill out our medical history form to the best of your ability. Reviewing your medical background is an integral part of providing superior dental care. Here are some things we look out for during filling out your medical questionnaire:
Joint replacement surgery
Let us know if you’ve had a recent hip or knee replacement surgery. The rule is that you will require antibiotic pre-medication prior to receiving any invasive dental treatment for 2 years following joint replacement surgery. Occasionally, your physician might request that we extend the pre-medication period beyond 2 years. Either way, it’s important that we know this information beforehand.
We also need to know if you’re taking any blood thinner medication, such as Plavix, Coumadin or the new generation pills like Pradaxa. Patients taking these medication might have to avoid certain surgical procedures or proceed with extra caution. Occasionally, we have to contact your physician to obtain permission prior to performing invasive surgeries. Additionally, some patients may have to conduct an INR or other blood clotting examinations in advance. Keep in mind, baby aspirin is typically not a factor in your treatment and your dosage does not need to be adjusted prior to surgical procedures.
Blood pressure medication
Let us know if you have a history of high blood pressure or are taking medication for hypertension. Typically, we limit the number of epinephrine shots we administer to patients with elevated blood pressure levels. Also, inform us if you feel weak or dizzy after receiving anesthesia as this may be due to elevated blood pressure. Luckily, this weakness sensation usually goes away within minutes as your blood pressure starts to level out. Our last piece of advise, be sure to take your blood pressure pills if you are scheduled to have a surgery that day. If your blood pressure is too high, we may have to reschedule your procedure so do your part to keep your blood pressure under control.
Cancer drugs and bone inhibtors
If you’re taking a bisphosphonate drug such as Fosomax or Actonel or other bone inhibitor medications like Prolia or Zometa, certain surgical procedures must be delayed. Teeth extraction and implant surgeries typically require special care and we need to consult further with your physician. Often times, we may request a medical clearance from your physician prior to performing these surgical procedures.
Let us know if you are pregnant or think that you may be so. For pregnant patients, we always avoid radiation, except for extreme emergency situations. Additionally, we sit and position pregnant patients in a fashion that is more comfortable for your fetus. Be sure to let us know right away if you are pregnant so we can follow our special protocol.
Inform us if you are allergic to any drugs including Penicillin, sulfa drugs or if there is any reason you can’t take NSAIDs or Codeine. Also, we need to know if you are allergic to Latex or any other substances so that we make sure to avoid suing them throughout your visit.
As you can see, there is quite a bit to pay attention to here. So be sure to take your time and properly fill out your medical history and allergies questionnaire.
What happens if I have dental insurance?
Be sure to let us know if you have dental insurance on your first visit. We gladly accept all PPO dental plans as well as many HMO plans. Bring your dental insurance card, if you’ve been assigned one, but keep in mind that not all insurances companies issue a card. This is not a problem as we can always verify your eligibility so long as you know the exact name of your insurance carrier. Note, if your coverage is through a spouse or parent we will require their information as well. Once we have verified your eligibility, we can apply your benefits and discounted fees accordingly. Plus, we always bill your dental insurance to help get you additional reimbursement whenever possible.
If you have any questions about your first visit or your dental insurance coverage, we can help. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 today to ask us any question you may have. We are always glad to answer your questions and help you get the most out of your dental insurance plan. Call us today, and see how achieving the smile of your dreams is easier than you’d imagine!