Improving Your Dental Care

5 Things to Bring to the Dentist Office at Your Appointment

You have a dental appointment at your local dentist office, and you want to make sure the appointment goes well. The best way to ensure that you have a great dental appointment is this: make sure you have the right things with you so your appointment is both comfortable and successful.

Here are five things to bring to the dentist office at your upcoming appointment.

Something relaxing

There is usually a wait when you're at the dentist office while the patients before you finish up, so it's wise to take something to read or some other relaxing — and quiet — activity. Taking your mind off your dentist appointment with crocheting, your diary, crossword puzzles, or something other than your electronic device can help take your mind off your dental appointment while keeping you entertained at the same time.

Your medications list

Do you have any medications that you're on? Your dentist needs to know so they can give you the appropriate treatment that won't interfere with any current meds you're taking. Medications that you're on include the ones that are not prescribed to you, such as over-the-counter pain relievers and any herbal remedies you take.

Your insurance information

Your insurance information should always be with you, even if it's already on file at the dentist's office. Your insurance information can change or need to be updated, or you may have to show proof that you have the current card on file.

Your payment

Always be prepared to have payment ready at your dentist's office, even if you have insurance. A co-pay or other out-of-pocket expense may be required at the time of service, and you don't want to create any issues with your dentist office by not having a credit card, a check, a debit card, or some cash available to make payments with. Call the dentist's office if you are unsure what payment methods are allowed.

Your dentist may allow you to be put on a payment plan if you cannot pay for services upfront.

Your concerns

Do you have questions about your dental pain? Have you heard about a new dental treatment you think will work for you? Are you curious about the costs of sedation or cosmetic dentistry? Write your concerns down and bring them to your dentist's office so you can remember them and ask your dentist about them. Your dentist will be able to put you at ease and you'll feel more confident in the treatment you get.