New Patient Guide

Finding a new dental office can often be a challenge. Fortunately, Palmetto Dental Health Associates in McColl, South Carolina can satisfy all your dental needs. The following will provide you with a detailed guide outlining what to expect from your first visit to our dental office.

Paper Work

You have the option of completing the new patient paperwork prior to your first appointment to ensure an expedient visit. Click the following link to download our new patient forms:

New Patient Form

Making Appointments

To schedule an appointment, call our dental office at 843-523-5291 so that our staff assists you in finding a day and time that is available and convenient for you. 

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing before the appointment will help out dentist properly examine your teeth with efficiency and ease.

Full Disclosure

It’s important that our new patients understand that there is nothing pertaining to their oral health that they should hide from our dentist. Our dentist is supposed to improve oral health and hiding important information (such as smoking or not brushing teeth regularly) can have an impact on the treatment and services that our dentist recommends. Therefore, it’s crucial that your complete and accurate medical and dental history is disclosed on your first visit.

Smile!

If you feel anxious before going to your first appointment, we want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve the smile you want regardless of your current oral state. We are here for you!

At the Dental Office

When you arrive at our dental office, please inform the receptionist so he or she can inform the dentist. After our dentist has been informed and all the necessary paperwork has been summited, a member of our staff will call your name and ask you to follow him/her to proceed with the consultation.

Your Health History

Before the dental exam is performed, talk to our dentist about your health history. This will give our dentist insight about your oral health and underlying causes of present issues, if any.

X-Rays

X-rays are a way of diagnosing problems that are not easily visible. These include tooth decay, abscesses, impacted teeth and jawbone damage. The details x-rays provide could make all the difference for your overall oral hygiene. Our dentist may also recommend a panoramic radiograph. The dental imaging technique provides a complete visual of your jaws, which helps in pinpointing any damage that tooth decay may have caused to the bone.

Comprehensive Exam

All first-time patients have to undergo a comprehensive exam. This includes a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. The more details you provide, the easier will be for our dentist evaluate your situation. 

Cleaning

Our dentist may recommend you get a professional teeth cleaning. Dental cleanings are meant to remove and maintain a healthy smile free of stains. During this cleaning session, our dentist will remove or “scale” accumulated plaque from outside or from in-between the teeth using our dental instruments. After a thorough cleaning has been done, our dentist will polish the teeth and may apply a minty paste to leave your mouth fresh.

Disease Prevention/Recommendations

After your treatment is over, our dentist may recommend products that help prevent future dental issues and ensure that your oral health is always at its best. Some of the products recommended are fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes that help prevent cavities, sealants or a dental care kit.

Final Questions

This is the best time to ask our dentist any questions or doubts that may linger in your mind. Our dentist doesn’t mind demonstrating how to floss properly or the right brushing techniques, so asking for assistance is highly encouraged.

Treatment Plan

Once the comprehensive exam and x-rays are complete, our dentist will provide you with solutions to your dental problems. Through a comprehensive treatment plan, we can resolve the problems that are adversely affecting your oral hygiene. Since each treatment plan is developed based on your specific needs, it is imperative that you are clear about your expectations from the start.

After the Visit

Scheduling the Next Visit

After your first visit, approach the receptionist to schedule your next appointment and to make any necessary payments. We will reschedule you based on our dentist’s recommendation and your availability. 

Follow Advice

When leaving our office, make sure to follow our dentist’s advice to keep your teeth clean and maintain optimal oral health long after treatment.
Call us to set up an appointment or feel free to visit us at Palmetto Dental Health Associates in McColl, South Carolina for a personal consultation that will help you answer any questions that you may have. Your oral health has a great impact on your overall health.  Our dentist and staff are ready to provide the best dental care services. Your smile will be in good hands.

Smile Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Smile Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

With the rising concerns about oral health issues, it has become a common trend for people to see their dentist regularly. Here you will find the services we provide at McColl South Carolina.

Initial Consultation

To meet our dentist and staff your first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to get to become familiar with our dentist and our clinic. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.

New Patient Paperwork and Documentation

If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team at Palmetto Dental Health Associates will assist you in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill these forms.

This paperwork mostly comes in two categories, which must be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.

It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.

Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session.

Comprehensive Examination

After studying dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will thoroughly look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

X-Ray

After concluding the comprehensive examination, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a prolonged process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. The X-rays are a safe procedure for the patient.  Our dentist will guide you through a straightforward process by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.

Post-Examination Discussion

After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he may have found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements.  

You will also receive the total cost for the particular procedure and can discuss the payment plan accordingly.

Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

Follow-Up Sessions

After meeting our dentist at Palmetto Dental Health Associates and discussing possible treatments you may require, then a follow-up session will be arranged for you according to your availability. During these follow-up sessions your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for any forthcoming treatments.

It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two follow up sessions within a single year. This will help prevent the development of oral diseases, tooth decay and cavities. Over the course of these follow-up visits, teeth cleaning and further treatment are performed to keep your teeth in their best condition.