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What to expect during your initial visit

At the start of your first visit, you will be greeted by our front desk staff and you will be asked to complete a medical information form.  If there are any sections of the form you are unsure of, please ask one of our staff and they will be happy to assist you.  If you have a printed list of medications, please bring this to your visit as it is important information to have for your patient file.

Next, you will meet with Dr. Karastathis who will explain the purpose of your referral to his office and will perform a detailed oral examination. He will then discuss your diagnosis and the different treatment options you have available, as well as answer any question you may have.  This will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

Your general dentist will be kept informed about your visits to our office by means of progress reports sent to them throughout your treatment.

  

Anxiety

It is normal to be a little nervous before a procedure.  For those patients who feel they need help in coping with their anxiety, an oral sedative may be given.  This drug will help you to relax and sometimes will allow you to fall asleep.  It should be understood, however, that this type of drug will not “knock you out”.  You will maintain your normal consciousness and breathing, but you may be left feeling "groggy" or "fuzzy-headed" when the procedure is complete. Dr. Karastathis will discuss further details and requirements, should you wish to be sedated for your procedure.