Mature male patient with Dr. Tesmer

We strongly believe that each patient must be treated as an individual. Therefore, one of our goals during your first visit is to understand you as an individual. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and expectations with your doctor and our team. Evaluating your x-rays, examining the condition of your mouth, and discussing your personal information and how that might impact treatment decisions allow us to serve in the capacity of an adviser.

Your Initial Visit

To respect your time, our appointments are carefully planned. Please expect to spend approximately 1-1 ½ hours with us at your initial visit. This ensures our ability to spend quality time with you and assist in your dental decisions. In most cases, at the initial visit, future appointments will be determined, estimated fees discussed, and financial arrangements reviewed. So we may address all of your questions we encourage you to invite your spouse, friend, or family member to accompany you to this important appointment. This is especially valuable if this person will be actively involved with your treatment or financial decision-making process.

It is generally our goal to complete the examination and consultation process in one appointment. For patients whose treatment needs are more complex, however, a secondary consultation appointment may be scheduled at a later date.

We strongly believe in thoroughly educating our patients and take a “no surprises” approach to patient care. We will communicate with your general dentist, in the form of a letter and a personal phone call, when necessary, so that as a team we can all stay well informed of each other’s treatment recommendations.

There will be a fee for the initial examination and consultation. Please, assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:

  • Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment

Please notify the office if you have a medical condition, such as an artificial heart valve, a history of infective endocarditis, or joint replacement that requires antibiotic premedication prior to dental appointments. You will need to take this premedication prior to your first visit if you have been instructed to do so by your physician. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they are forwarded to our office. To schedule an appointment, please feel free to call us with any questions at any of our three convenient locations.