What to Expect
We are always excited to meet new patients and it our goal to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We place a high priority on listening to our patients’ wants and needs, and work hard to provide you with helpful education about your treatment options. We offer each of our patients the same kind of attentive, considerate care that we would want for our own family members. And we treat the whole patient, reviewing your full medical history when necessary to see how your illnesses, medications and overall health may be having an impact on your dental health. By working together, we are able to create a customized plan that meets your specific dental needs.
When you come in for your initial visit, please be sure to bring your dental insurance card and arrive early to fill out your initial paperwork if you have not already done so. If you are moving into the area, please ask your former dentist to send a copy of your records. If you are on any medications, please bring a list of them with you to the office. If you need antibiotics prior to dental work, please take them as prescribed. If you are not sure if you need antibiotics, please contact your doctor prior to your visit.
Your smile is an important part of who you are. It affects your confidence, the way others perceive you, and sometimes even your physical health and quality of life. At Unkel & Shibilski Dental, our focus is not only on keeping you healthy with the most advanced dental care, but also on giving you something to smile about.
New patients are welcome to complete their paperwork online by clicking on the link below.
Adult’s First Visit
At the adult first visit, we obtain a thorough health history for optimal care. We will review your medical and dental history, examine the teeth, gums, soft tissues, bite and TMJ. An oral cancer screening and bite/smile analysis is also performed as part of your initial evaluation. Unless you have current radiographs that you bring to your appointment, we will also take a complete series of digital x-rays and review them with you. Dental cleanings are scheduled separately with the hygienist and can vary in time and cost depending on the current health status of the gums. We will do our best to coordinate your initial cleaning/gum therapy on the same day as your initial evaluation with one of our doctors. At the end of the appointment, the doctor will discuss your current dental health and treatment needs and answer any questions you may have about the recommended dental care to improve your quality of life.
Your Child’s First Visit
It is recommended that a child’s first visit to the dentist occur as soon as the first baby tooth erupts usually around 6-7 months of age but no later than 2 years of age. Informing your child about their first dental visit is very helpful. At your child’s first visit, we will review the medical/dental health history form with you. We will get to know your child and help them to feel comfortable in the office by explaining what will happen during their visit, and showing them the tools and instruments we will use to help keep their smile healthy.
Since children have fewer teeth and require fewer radiographs then adults, their first visit lasts about 30-45 minutes. A thorough review of the medical and dental history is conducted as well as an examination of the teeth, gums, soft tissue, TMJ and bite. Children will receive necessary x-rays, a cleaning and fluoride at this appointment. Should crowding of the teeth or a discrepancy in the bite be observed we will provide you with a referral to an orthodontist for a consultation. We place a strong emphasis on preventive dentistry and recommend sealants and fluoride on a routine basis.
We look forward to meeting you and your child for your first appointment!