Your First Visit – Everything You Need To Know

First Visit & New Patients

1. Call Our Office And Schedule The First Appointment.

  • Once you or your dentist has determined that you need to see Dr. Chun, the first thing you need to do is call our office to schedule an appointment. When you call our office our receptionist, Stephanie, will likely be the one to assist you.
  • She will ask you to bring three things: referral slip, x-rays, list of medications, and insurance information.
  • Stephanie will then find a time that is compatible with your schedule for you to come in for your first appointment.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.

2.  Please Bring The Following To The First Appointment:

  1. Referral Slip. If your appointment is a result of your current dentist or doctor referring you to us we will want to have the referral slip from your dentist.
  2. X-rays or CT Scans. If your referring dentist has taken X-rays or other imaging for your case we will ask your dentist for those images (if you did not have any x-rays taken that is not a problem we can take x-rays and any other necessary imaging on your first appointment.
  3. List of Medications. Get a list of any and all medications that you are taking to ensure that it is safe for you to receive treatment from Dr. Alan P. Chun.
  4. Insurance Information. If you carry insurance, please provide that information at the time of consult so that we can check your benefits prior to you leaving your consultation appointment.

3. At The First Appointment.

  • Fill-out Paperwork. When you arrive at your first appointment there are a few papers that we will have you fill-out: Medical History, Patient Information Form, Financial Policy Form, and HIPAA Compliance Notice. NOTE: If you would like to save time at your appointment, you are invited to download and complete these forms prior to coming into our office. 
    1. Medical History Form
    2. Patient Information Form – Name, Address, Insurance Information, Emergency Contact, Name of Referring Dentist.
    3. Financial Policy Form – You will read through, review, and sign. If you have specific questions regarding our financial policies you can visit our Financial Information Page and Also view an electronic version of our Financial Policy.
    4. HIPAA Compliance Notice – You will read through and review for your information.
  • Dr. Alan P. Chun will conduct the consultation.

4. Consultation

In nearly all patient cases, the consultation happens at the first appointment. The purpose of the consultation is to complete the following:

  1. Review Medical History

    • Dr. Chun will review the patient’s medical history form to make sure that it is safe for the patient to receive treatment.
  2. Oral Exam

    • Dr. Chun will conduct an oral exam in order to gather all the information that he needs to craft the treatment plan for the patient’s individual scenario.
  3. Create Treatment Plan

    • After Dr. Chun gathers the necessary information he creates a treatment plan or sometimes multiple treatment plan options to provide the patient with his recommendation on how the patient should proceed.
  4. Inform Patient Of Treatment Plan Options

    • It is very important that our patients are fully informed as to the procedure that Dr. Chun is recommending, and the options that the patient has in the procedure or various treatment plans (if applicable).
    • We always try to provide the treatment option at the time of consult.
    • NOTE: Typically, the only time that the treatment option is not provided at the consultation is if the procedure is or needs to be coordinated with another medical doctor or dentist. For example, if the patient is going through orthodontic treatment, Dr. Chun may need to coordinate with the patient’s orthodontist prior to completing the treatment plan.
  5. (For Wisdom Teeth Consultation Only) Watch A Short Educational Video

    • The Wisdom Teeth Educational video is about 7-8 minutes in length.
    • The video helps inform the patient of all that is involved in the third molar (wisdom tooth) extraction.

5. Conduct Procedure (if time permits)

Dr. Chun tries to accommodate patient’s schedule by proceeding with treatment on the same day if time allows and the medical history of the patient is acceptable to proceed with procedure immediately.

In some cases Dr. Chun will advise that the patient schedules an appointment at a later day and time.

Frequently asked questions:

 

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally if all exams and questions are answered so that it is safe to proceed, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or extensive treatment plan will most often 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 surgical 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 completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

 

A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. The day that the surgery under IV anesthesia is scheduled it is imperative that the patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to the surgery or the surgery will need to be postponed or cancelled to be done at another time for safety. You will also need an adult to drive you home, watch over you, and help you until you are fully recovered.

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 currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).

X-Rays

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

CT Scans

Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, limited view cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of oral surgery. This technology provides highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, and other dental procedures. Undistorted, anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth and facial bones along with cross-sectional (bucco-lingual), axial, coronal, sagittal, and panoramic views are easily generated. Three-dimensional images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies.

With the addition of cone-beam CT technology in our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.