Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. In many cases, definitive treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. In such instances, you will be informed of this possibility at the time the appointment is made. On those occasions when the medical history and/or projected treatment are significantly complex, however, a second appointment on another day will likely be required to allow for sufficient preparation or, perhaps, even to allow for antibiotic therapy to better control an infection prior to treatment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip and any x-rays, if applicable,
- A list of medications you are presently taking, and
- If you have dental insurance, all appropriate individual and group identification, as well as carrier contact information. (If you have forms unique to your insurance carrier, please complete your section in advance. This will save time and allow us to better help you process your claim.)
IMPORTANT: All patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of the initial consultation or treatment visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.). Additionally, and particularly if your physician has ever made an issue of it, please let us know if you are on any required medications (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If your dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to our office. (Or, if there is not enough time to send them through the mail or email, please pick them up and bring them to our office at the time of your initial visit.) However, it is important to understand that we will be taking digital x-rays for our own records. This is required for a number of reasons, not the least of which is medico-legal. We need to confirm that your condition has not changed since the last images were taken. (There are occasions when the image we receive was taken prior to some forms of initial treatment. And, of course, there are things that can occur with the tooth and surrounding tissues between the time you leave the referring office and show up at ours.) Perhaps the main reason we take our own x-rays is because we can get exceptional clarity and contrast with our digital system and then immediately project the image on the (11” x 14”) patient monitor where Dr. Angulo can easily point out the important features of your case.