Your First Visit
We are excited to meet you at your first visit to our office. Dr. Schafer and his staff are here to ensure that we can deliver the best possible dental care for you. While we do take walk-in patients, we recommend that patients call us to schedule appointments so that we can reserve a time for you. Also we do this so that you can tell us if you are in need of a consult with Dr. Schafer or if you are looking for a cleaning to be done.
When you arrive
Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out paper work. You’ll be asked to provide a photo ID as well. If you have dental insurance, please provide us either with your dental insurance card or contact your dental insurance plan so that we will know which carrier to pull your benefit information.
First appointment is a cleaning
If you are getting a cleaning at your first visit, Dr. Schafer will likely recommend a full mouth x-ray series so that Dr. Schafer can do a thorough exam and check every tooth and area in your mouth. This is also useful so that Ms. Tracey our hygienist can make sure that all the surfaces even those below the gum line are clean. A full mouth series of x-rays is recommended by Dr. Schafer once every 3 to 5 years for his patients. After the full mouth series for most patients we will start the cleaning the same day. After the cleaning, Dr. Schafer will discuss with you about your other treatment needs and how to make sure that your mouth is in the best health possible.
First appointment is a consultation
If your first appointment is a consultation with Dr. Schafer, Dr. Schafer will meet with you and for most patients, he will recommend that we take a panoramic x-ray. Dr. Schafer prefers this x-rays for consults as he can see more information quicker than a full mouth x-ray series. If during the consult Dr. Schafer needs to take smaller x-rays to check individual teeth for cavities and gum disease. From these x-rays plus an exam Dr. Schafer will talk with you about what concerns you about your teeth and your smile and will help put together a plan to get your mouth in good health. Dr. Schafer will spend about half of the consult or longer talking about what you want to do as usually there are at least two or three options to fix a person’s teeth. After Dr. Schafer and you discuss different treatment option, our treatment coordinator Ms. Jes will work with you to find the one that fits your budget and your time line. We work hard to make our options affordable no matter your budget.
How to get started
To get started with the first appointment, give us a phone call at 504-392-5104 and we will get you scheduled for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.