What do I bring to my first appointment?
At your first appointment, it is important that we have all the information necessary to plan and discuss your treatment. When we confirm your appointment, we will remind you of some of the things you need to bring. Your initial consultation is a crucial step in the treatment planning process. Our office prides itself in detailed pre-operative consultations so that we can deliver the very best clinical care and anticipate surgical outcomes.
The following things are important for your first visit:
- Dentist/doctor referral form. Sometimes this has been sent to us already. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will let you know if it has been received.
- X-rays or other scans. If you have been referred to our office by your dentist or another doctor, you will probably already have had a dental X-ray taken. Please have them send your X-rays to our office in advance or bring a copy of your X-rays. If you have not yet had an X-ray taken, we can arrange for you to have one taken at our office.
- List of medications. If you have an extensive medical history, it may be a good idea to obtain a health summary printout from your general practitioner/doctor to bring to your appointment.
- Insurance information. If you are insured, please bring your insurance carrier card to your first appointment.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
When you arrive, you will be checked in by the reception staff who will confirm your details, take any applicable health insurance information, and collect information on your medical history if they do not already have it.
Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Hernandez will then review this information and recommend a course for treatment. He will also explain the treatment in detail because understanding the treatment is important in making you comfortable with your procedure. He has many years of clinical and surgical experience, which enables him to answer any questions you might have.
After a treatment plan is established, your consultation visit will conclude with a brief visit with one of our financial coordinators. They will go over the proposed treatment plan and the associated fees and find a convenient time to schedule your surgery.
Following the consultation, the reception staff will organize any further appointments for you. This includes surgical appointments, referrals for further tests, and any further appointments with your dentist/doctor.
This is the time to ask any questions you may have. Remember you can call us at any time to discuss your treatment.