Once we receive your completed patient registration form, we will e-mail a list of available openings on our clinical schedule. You may call our office at any time after receipt of our confirmation to arrange your new patient Comprehensive Examination appointment.
As a new patient to us, under California Dental Association recommendations and our own office policy, we require a comprehensive oral examination be completed before providing any preventative care, such as hygiene (cleaning). Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require a more in-depth evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
A comprehensive oral examination, which can take up to 1.5 hours and will include x-rays (if necessary), will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. This is to ensure that you are aware of all possible clinical conditions that may be present and can act accordingly with informed consent or refusal of recommended treatment. Once we have established you as a new patient with the completion of the comprehensive oral examination, we will be happy to help you schedule a Prophylaxis (cleaning) treatment if needed.
Should you have a dental emergency which is causing your pain or discomfort, we can typically offer 30-minute Problem Focused openings to diagnose and recommend treatment for such conditions. However, the Comprehensive Examination would still be required for continuing care once the emergency situation has been diagnosed.
Please ask your previous dentist to forward any relevant records and x-rays they have on file to our office this will assist Dr. Lin in his clinical evaluation during your first visit. Typically any FMX (full-mouth-series) or panoramic x-rays taken within the last five years and any BWX (bitewing) or PA (periapical) x-rays taken during your current insurance period. Due to Federal HIPAA regulations, this is something you must do yourself, as the information is part of your private medical records and you will have to sign a release allowing your former dentist to send the information to us.
We look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Please note that a parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the consultation visit or Comprehensive Examination.