A Beginners Guide To Visiting The Dentist

So, You’ve moved out. Going to college, or just trying to make it on your own. It’s an exciting time! But also a bit painful. The first week or two everything goes great, but before you know it, the dishes are piling up. Laundry has begun behaving like pyroclastic flows. And we’re starving! We never really realize just how much our parents do for us until they aren’t there doing it anymore. Before you know it, it’s honestly probably past time for you to set up an appointment at the dentist. When you smile you feel a bit more like Gollum than yourself, but you just don’t know how to schedule the appointment! Never fear! That’s exactly what we are here to help with. Before long you’re going to be a strong, independent expert at visiting the dentist!

The First Steps

So how does one begin visiting the dentist? We thought we’d start off by laying the foundation for you. Before you ever pick up the phone to call the dentist there’s a couple things you should educate yourself on. 


First up? Insurance. This is everybody’s least favorite part of scheduling an appointment so it’s best to just get it out of the way now. Before we do anything else we need to understand whether or not we are insured, and what our insurance covers. The best way to figure out whether or not you have insurance is talk to your parents! Often when we first move out, our parents will keep us on their insurance until we reach the age of 25 or so. Asking them about the insurance will help you know much better what to expect to be covered, and what services you might be paying for yourself. 

If you’re older than 25, or just not on a plan with your family, a good next step is to check and see if you’ve signed up for health insurance on your own. If so, they’ll likely be pulling a small amount of money from your account every month. A quick call to your insurance agency can refresh you on the details of your plan!

If you are completely uninsured, keep in mind that you will be required to front the entirety of the bill for all medical services, not just dental work. To keep from being blindsided by medical expenses setting yourself up with a plan can save you a good deal of money and headaches. For those who qualify, signing up for medicare/medicaid can be a great way to get some coverage without breaking the bank.


Visiting The Dentist

Unfortunately, not all forms of insurance are accepted everywhere. So it’s always a good idea to check at the dentist you are considering first before making an appointment. Most dentists will have their accepted forms of payment up on their website, but you can always call for more details. It’s never fun to find out that the insurance you have just won’t pay the dentist you went to!

If you can’t set up insurance, or just simply don’t want to, another good thing to check for is whether or not the dentist offers financing. Financing makes it loads easier to pay off your dental bills if you are paying out of pocket. It breaks down the lump sum into smaller bite sized chunks! Nce again this information can be easily found on the website or by calling the front desk!

Making The Call

Up next, It’s time to schedule the appointment! While it can seem overwhelming thinking about making the call beforehand. The process is really quite simple. All you have to do is call in to the office And let them know what you’d like to set up an appointment for. Most often a simple cleaning isa great place to begin. If you are in need of other dental work the dentists thorough examinations before the cleaning will find it! Once you call in, the receptionist will schedule your appointment and let you know everything you will need for your first appointment. If you ever have any questions about the process, feel free to ask! They are there to make sure you know everything you need in order to be prepared! That’s really all there is to visiting the dentist!