What To Expect At Your First Visit

Thank you for taking the time to consider San Diego Dental Specialists for your family’s dental care. Just like each of you is different – and have different needs – your first visit may be different too. Our patients have found that the information available on our website helps them feel prepared and at ease before their appointments, and we hope it does the same for you too. We’d love to become your San Diego family dentist and help you achieve a lifetime of excellent oral health, so if you have any questions at all that we have not answered here, please give us a call. 


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Front Desk


Because we want the best for your family’s care, we work with most PPO insurance plans. Our financial coordinators can expertly help you maximize your benefits and are happy to help answer any questions you may have. In addition to CareCredit, we offer no-interest, in-office financing and accept credit card payments. Your new-patient forms include a medical history because some medications or medical concerns will change how we provide your care – and there are many medications that cause side effects that show up in your mouth. If you’d like to fill out your paperwork before your first appointment, please download them here and complete them on your own schedule. If you’d rather do your paperwork here, arrive 10 minutes early and remember to bring a list of your medications.

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Treatment Coordination


For pediatric, orthodontic, and adult patients alike, treatment coordination is a critical aspect of your care. If you have any additional questions about recommended treatments and how to best manage your insurance policy, we will help you navigate through them. From general questions about your options to sending predetermination to your insurance provider, we want to know that you leave our office with all of your questions asked and answered. And of course, if you ever have additional questions … just call!

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Gentle Digital Diagnostics


At San Diego Dental Specialists, in addition to digital x-rays, we use a small pen-sized camera – called an intraoral camera – to show you what we see when we examine your mouth. Used to both check for issues and give us a baseline for future care, all of our diagnostic equipment is digital and set to emit the lowest amount radiation – as much as 90% less radiation than with old film x-rays.

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Pediatric First Visit


Children have a wonderful capacity to accept all that we teach them, and our goal is to create a relaxed and fun environment from their very first visit. Placing a value on their oral health will help your kids grow and develop properly as well as save them an enormous amount of time – and money – over their lifetime.

As with every child, our kids are all uniquely different, so we offer a Baby & Me visit. This is designed to help you ensure that you are doing all you can for your baby’s oral health and nutritional needs.  We can also see, even at this young age, if there will be a need to intercept issues before they become unexpected surprises. This visit includes a gentle, thorough examination of your baby’s newly erupting teeth, gums, bite, and tissues in the mouth. We will help you with any preventive homecare techniques, leave lots of time for questions, and will review any dietary needs to help prevent 

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Orthodontic First Visit


By the age of seven, most children should have had their first orthodontic visit. Because they still have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, this is an ideal time to assess their future oral health and make any recommendations to help them enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile throughout their lifetime. And because this is the time their peer group is also losing teeth and getting visits from the Tooth Fairy, this is perfect time to teach your kids about the importance of dental care.

Our pediatric dentists and orthodontists team up to give you and your family a high level of care. It doesn’t matter which dentist they see. If there is a need, we will call in another specialist to give your child the best advantages in coordinated care.

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Adult First Visit


Meet the doctor and discuss your personal oral health needs and desires. Here you’ll learn what we find during your through exam while we work with you to determine the personalized approach that works best for you. Whether we set up a regular care schedule, design a treatment plan to address decay or gum issues, or discuss your cosmetic concerns, this is your chance to tell us what you like and don’t like about your smile and general oral health. Then we work with you to help you meet your goals.

At this appointment we’ll also assess you for TMJ (jaw joint) issues, bite concerns, and screen for oral cancer. Assessing how your teeth fit together and whether your teeth show signs of damage from clenching or grinding is just part of how we ensure your natural teeth stay healthy and any restorative dental work is always long-lasting and functional. You can take advantage of this appointment by asking any questions you have about the best way to care for 

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Front Desk


Because we want the best for your family’s care, we work with most PPO insurance plans. Our financial coordinators can expertly help you maximize your benefits and are happy to help answer any questions you may have. In addition to CareCredit, we offer no-interest, in-office financing and accept credit card payments. Your new-patient forms include a medical history because some medications or medical concerns will change how we provide your care – and there are many medications that cause side effects that show up in your mouth. If you’d like to fill out your paperwork before your first appointment, please download them here and complete them on your own schedule. If you’d rather do your paperwork here, arrive 10 minutes early and remember to bring a list of your medications.

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Treatment Coordination


For pediatric, orthodontic, and adult patients alike, treatment coordination is a critical aspect of your care. If you have any additional questions about recommended treatments and how to best manage your insurance policy, we will help you navigate through them. From general questions about your options to sending predetermination to your insurance provider, we want to know that you leave our office with all of your questions asked and answered. And of course, if you ever have additional questions … just call!

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Gentle Digital Diagnostics


At San Diego Dental Specialists, in addition to digital x-rays, we use a small pen-sized camera – called an intraoral camera – to show you what we see when we examine your mouth. Used to both check for issues and give us a baseline for future care, all of our diagnostic equipment is digital and set to emit the lowest amount radiation – as much as 90% less radiation than with old film x-rays.

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Pediatric First Visit


Children have a wonderful capacity to accept all that we teach them, and our goal is to create a relaxed and fun environment from their very first visit. Placing a value on their oral health will help your kids grow and develop properly as well as save them an enormous amount of time – and money – over their lifetime.

As with every child, our kids are all uniquely different, so we offer a Baby & Me visit. This is designed to help you ensure that you are doing all you can for your baby’s oral health and nutritional needs.  We can also see, even at this young age, if there will be a need to intercept issues before they become unexpected surprises. This visit includes a gentle, thorough examination of your baby’s newly erupting teeth, gums, bite, and tissues in the mouth. We will help you with any preventive homecare techniques, leave lots of time for questions, and will review any dietary needs to help prevent 

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Orthodontic First Visit


By the age of seven, most children should have had their first orthodontic visit. Because they still have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, this is an ideal time to assess their future oral health and make any recommendations to help them enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile throughout their lifetime. And because this is the time their peer group is also losing teeth and getting visits from the Tooth Fairy, this is perfect time to teach your kids about the importance of dental care.

Our pediatric dentists and orthodontists team up to give you and your family a high level of care. It doesn’t matter which dentist they see. If there is a need, we will call in another specialist to give your child the best advantages in coordinated care.

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Adult First Visit


Meet the doctor and discuss your personal oral health needs and desires. Here you’ll learn what we find during your through exam while we work with you to determine the personalized approach that works best for you. Whether we set up a regular care schedule, design a treatment plan to address decay or gum issues, or discuss your cosmetic concerns, this is your chance to tell us what you like and don’t like about your smile and general oral health. Then we work with you to help you meet your goals.

At this appointment we’ll also assess you for TMJ (jaw joint) issues, bite concerns, and screen for oral cancer. Assessing how your teeth fit together and whether your teeth show signs of damage from clenching or grinding is just part of how we ensure your natural teeth stay healthy and any restorative dental work is always long-lasting and functional. You can take advantage of this appointment by asking any questions you have about the best way to care for 


Your New Dental Home

Whether you experience a dental emergency or are looking for a new dental home for your family, each of your visits will be tailored to your needs. We offer individual music and TV & DVD viewing during your appointments, free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, and beverages. And if you’re looking for a sedation dentist in San Diego, we can help you with Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation, depending on what is medically right for you.

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