What to Expect at Your Visit
Our office makes every attempt to complete your treatment in one visit. Dr. Barr will review your health history and perform a thorough clinical exam using a variety of diagnostic tools and techniques to determine how to proceed with your treatment. Take all your normal medications, but please try not to take pain medication 4 to 6 hours before your visit as it can affect the results of your diagnostic tests. Your dentist may provide you with one or more radiographs that you should bring to your appointment. Although these radiographs are helpful in diagnosing your treatment, one or more digital radiographs will be taken at our office to provide a precise view of the tooth. Our practice is outfitted exclusively with digital radiography equipment. These images are also used during treatment. Rest assured that any radiographs taken at our office are critical to your treatment. After it is determined what your specific needs are, Dr. Barr will discuss your treatment options with you.
Dr. Barr is an expert at making your tooth numb and assuring your comfort during the procedure. He uses surgical operating microscopes which allow treatment with the highest precision and attention to every detail of your tooth. Our team will do everything possible to assure your comfort and treatment is excellent and efficient. Most root canal treatments at our office are completed in a single visit. After treatment, you will be instructed in post-treatment care and the next steps in your dental care. By the time you leave our office you will have seen that modern endodontic care is efficient and painless, and the next time someone mentions how awful a root canal is, you will say to them “not mine!”
Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary information. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) or require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics for pre-med.)
If your previous dentist has taken recent x-rays (within 6-months), we may request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they will be taken at our office.