Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

A.

  • Please have your patient registration including health history completed prior to your first appointment.
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance card
  • Medication list
  • Any intraoral appliance (ie…night guard, SUAD, retainer, etc.)

Q.

How long will my first appointment last?

A.

  • 2 hours for a comprehensive new patient appointment
  • New patient emergencies are welcome and will be scheduled accordingly

Q.

What should I expect from my first appointment?

A.

  • Your first appointment is scheduled with one of our hygienists.
  • Radiographs (typically a panoramic and bite wing x-rays, additional x-rays taken as needed)
  • Intraoral and extraoral photographs
  • Complete periodontal chart
  • Soft tissue exam
  • Head and neck exam
  • OSA questionnaire and screening
  • Doctor exam
  • Adult prophy (regular teeth cleaning for an adult without periodontal disease)

Q.

Do I get my teeth cleaned at my first appointment?

A.

  • All patients are scheduled to have their teeth cleaned.
  • Patients presenting with periodontal disease may have additional “deep cleaning” appointments recommended.

Q.

How do I prevent cavities?

A.

  • Brush, floss, fluoride, and a healthy diet
  • Beyond the basics, each patient is different and our hygienists recommend a variety of home care tools and strategies.

Q.

How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

A.

  • Modeling proper home techniques
  • Establishing a routine
  • Persistence

Q.

What is periodontal disease?

A.

Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jaw bone that hold your teeth in place. Retaining your teeth is directly dependent on proper periodontal care and maintenance.


Q.

Do you offer sedation?

A.

  • Yes
  • Nitrous oxide gas
  • Oral sedatives
  • We do NOT provide IV sedation

Q.

Do you accept my insurance?

A.

  • We are preferred providers for several insurances
  • Click here to see if we are in network for your insurance provider

Q.

Does mouthwash help?

A.

  • Not as a substitution for brushing and flossing
  • Fluoride rinses can help (such as ACT)

Q.

Are you accessible for patients with disabilities?

A.

  • Yes!
  • We are happy to make special arrangements when given advanced notice

Russell and Bode Family Dentistry

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Olympia Office Phone Number 360-742-3912
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Our office hours are Tueday through Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM,
and Fridays 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.