Q. What should I expect during my appointment?
A. Beginning with your very first visit, our entire team will do everything possible to ensure you have an exceptional experience. Patient comfort is of the utmost importance to us. From calming refreshments in the waiting room, to in-ceiling TVs, wireless headphones, and warm blankets in the exam rooms, we go to great lengths to make sure you are comfortable during your visit. For patients who prefer to be sedated during procedures, oral and IV sedation is available. If there’s anything we can do to make you more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
You will be greeted by our patient coordinator, who will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. You’ll meet Dr. Ulm and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, after which we will proceed with the clinical portion of your visit. If your appointment includes a scheduled hygiene visit, you will meet with our hygienist, who will perform a thorough assessment of gum health and a cleaning. After your cleaning, we will discuss with you any problem areas and make suggestions to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
Dr. Ulm will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, and make X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you and work to develop a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Ulm is fully trained to provide most services, including root canals, bone grafts, implants, crowns/bridges, and wisdom teeth removal, and we pride ourselves in offering these services to our patients in-house. If ever a referral is necessary, we work closely with local specialists to ensure your experience with them is as positive as possible.
During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.
Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?
A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is available in all of our exam rooms.
Q. What is “sleep dentistry”?
A. Sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry, is a service we make available to our patients who prefer to be sedated during procedures. We use oral sedation by means of prescription sedative pills which are incredibly safe and allow the patient to “sleep” through procedures performed in our office. We also work with a board-certified anesthesiologist who provides IV sedation when needed. Please contact our office for more information on oral or IV sedation and to find out whether sleep dentistry is right for you.
Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and are preferred providers on most major plans. We will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer low interest and interest-free payment plans and also accept all major credit cards.
Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
A. Porcelain veneers are a great solution for imperfections in your smile. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding is another possible solution which utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.