If you are new to our DFW dental practice and have made your first dentist appointment, we want to make your first visit as easy and seamless for you as possible.
I Have A DFW Dentist Appointment – What Do I Need To Know?
The first thing you need to know is that Dr. Debra Seznik and all our team members are dedicated to your comfort – physically, psychologically, mentally and emotionally.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, if you haven’t been taking good care of your teeth, if you have developed a serious dental problem, if you’re afraid of going to the dentist — whatever your situation, never have to be ashamed or frightened about coming in to see us.
Our patients tell us we are some of the most kind, caring, open, gentle and understanding dental professionals they’ve ever met. You can feel comfortable talking to us about your fears, any health issues you may have, financial concerns, and any questions, including questions about sedation dentistry if you have dental phobias.
We just want you to be comfortable and get the best dental care possible. We will never judge you for what you have or haven’t taken care of in the past — we just want to help you get your mouth and teeth healthy and help you keep them that way from here on.
When you have a dentist appointment at our DFW dental office, you may also want to know that:
- We accept any dental insurance plans that allow you to choose your own dentist.
- We offer financing options if you don’t have dental coverage and finances are a challenge for you.
- Our office policies — including HIPAA regulations — are detailed on this page.
- When a patient calls to ask, I have a dentist appointment with your office, but I want to know your safety and sterility practices, we are happy to tell them that we adhere to all Federal and State safety guidelines as well as best practices in the dental field. We use disinfectant hand soap, gloves and face masks, and properly disinfect all surfaces. All our dental equipment is sterilized, using an autoclave that is monitored weekly for proper temperature, pressure and function.
- If you have additional questions you would like answered before your first visit, please give us a call.
- We will be happy to give you a tour of our office so you can be as comfortable as possible at your first visit with us.
I Have A DFW Dentist Appointment – What Do I Need To Do To Prepare?
Here are some helpful tips for new patients to help make their first visit as smooth as possible:
- Please allow enough time for your first visit so you are not rushed. Dr. Seznik takes time getting to know her patients, takes a complete medical history, and conducts a thorough examination. The first visit is an important foundation for our ongoing relationship with you, so please allow enough time.
- Likewise, please be on time — or even a few minutes early — for your appointment, so you can relax and get familiar with our office.
- We hope you’ll take advantage of our new website and download the New Patient Paperwork that you’ll need for your first visit, so you can fill it out ahead of time, at your convenience and in the comfort of your home. (Please remember to bring the forms if you do fill them out ahead of time!)
- If you don’t fill out the forms before you have your dentist appointment, please arrive about 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment time so that you can fill out the paperwork in our office. Please bring any notes you might need to fill in a complete medical history as well as a list of any medications you are taking. These are important things for us to know before we treat you. In addition, be prepared to share any dental concerns you may have, e.g: if you are nervous or having any sensitivity or pain.
- If you have dental x-rays from your previous dentist and they are less than a year old, please bring them with you to your first appointment. However, by state law (the Texas Dental Practice Act) if your radiographs are more than a year old, you will need new x-rays.
- What else do you need to bring if you have a dentist appointment at our DFW dental office? Please remember to bring your dental insurance card if you have coverage.
- If you are paying out of pocket, please be prepared to pay at the conclusion of your first visit — or call us ahead of time to discuss costs and payment options. Any additional work that may be required will be discussed with you in detail ahead of time, including costs, what to expect from the procedure, and other options or alternatives.
- We treat patients of all ages, from all walks of life and with dental needs ranging from emergencies to ongoing care to cosmetic dentistry. Whatever your dental care needs, we will be happy to work with you
Levels of Care
When you are getting ready to make an appointment at our DFW dentist office, you should know that we offer Four Levels of Care for you to choose from:
Comprehensive Oral Health and Wellness – This level of care is for patients who are committed to keeping their teeth throughout their lifetime and committed to doing what it takes to fulfill that goal. This usually involves professional cleaning and comprehensive dental exams two to four times per year, and a disciplined home care regimen including brushing, flossing, and oral rinses, as well as a healthy diet with a minimum of sugary foods and drinks — along with a commitment to brushing and rinsing following any sugar intake.
Remedial Care – Some patients only see their dentist once every year or so, and aren’t disciplined about oral hygiene at home. Although we are concerned about maintaining healthy teeth and gums — and possible tooth loss — those who seek a dentist mostly for remedial care are completely welcome in our DFW dental practice.
DFW Emergency Dental Care – Emergency dental patients are often concerned about how the dentist will respond to them. This is a situation where the patient may wonder “If I have a dentist appointment for a dental emergency, will the dentist make me feel bad about not taking good care of my teeth?” We want you to know that we are a non-judgmental DFW dentist office. As medical professionals, we will be happy to treat your dental emergency, and will do so with the same level of kindness and care that we offer patients who see the dentist more regularly. If you’re in pain or have lost a filling, broken a tooth, suspect an infection or have any other concerns or a dental crisis, please give us a call and trust that you will be treated with care and respect.
Cosmetic Dentistry – If you’re looking to improve your smile and your confidence about your appearance, we have many state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures to offer . If you choose to come to our DFW dentist office for only cosmetic procedures, we will be delighted to have you as a patient. If you seek more comprehensive dental care from us as well, we’ll be happy to provide that too.
The bottom line is that we offer our patients whatever level of dental care they are seeking and welcome all patients into our DFW dental practice.