For your initial house call, our dentist will arrive with a registered dental assistant. We’ll get to know you by reviewing your medical and dental history, listening carefully to your concerns and answering all of your questions. If you are a caregiver we will go through the same process with you on behalf of your loved one or charge. We do not start working until you are absolutely comfortable that we fully understand the needs of everyone concerned.
Comfort for infirm patients
We are experienced at putting our patients at ease, and we are able to make full accommodations for patients who are bedbound or in a wheelchair.
Examination and diagnosis
The dentist will conduct a visual examination, looking for issues involving discomfort and/or pain, proper function and aesthetics. Our initial assessment includes diagnosis of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, infection and/or abscesses, proper denture fit, dry mouth and loose teeth. Our dental assistant will also take photos of your mouth for your records.
Next comes a full set of x-rays, focusing in on areas of particular concern, which the dentist can interpret immediately.
Consultation and treatment planning
Based on what we learn from the examination and x-rays, we will consult with you regarding our diagnoses and review your treatment options. Shortly after our initial visit, a patient care coordinator will contact you to schedule cleanings and any further treatment necessary. This includes a discussion of fees, insurance options and possible payment plans. Whenever possible, follow up care will be arranged at your (or your charge’s) residence.