We welcome new patients of all ages at St Anne’s Dental Practice. When you first contact us by telephone you will speak with our bubbly, energetic receptionist. She will take the time to find out a bit about you, including your wants, needs and aspirations for treatment. You will then be matched with the most appropriate dentist for your requirements. If you have been recommended a specific dentist by friends or family, please let us know and we will do our best to book your appointment with them.
When you come in for your first appointment you will be welcomed by our friendly staff. We want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, and work hard to create a caring, homely environment that satisfies all hygiene and clinical requirements while feeling warm and welcoming.
We will ask you to complete a medical history form so that we are aware of any conditions or medications that may impact on how we treat you.
Your initial appointment will be a 30-minute consultation with your chosen dentist. No treatment will take place at this appointment; the focus on finding out more about your needs, concerns and any issues that may be bothering you. We will listen carefully to all you say and will answer any questions you may have.
Your dentist will then thoroughly examine your mouth, looking at teeth, gums and surrounding structures. We use a headlight and magnification to the highest level so that we can see everything clearly. Mouth cancer screening is also performed as standard at every general dental check-up.
We will take x-rays and photographs as necessary to aid with diagnosis, and you can see what your dentist sees with the aid of our intra-oral cameras and iPads, if you wish.
After your examination we will combine our findings with the wants, needs and aspirations you have expressed, so that we can figure out the best way to help. Your dentist will take the time to explain their findings and all the treatment options available to you. They will provide you with a treatment plan, which we encourage you to take away with you and think about before making a final decision about treatment. That way, you can make an informed choice about treatment, without feeling rushed or pressurised.