Your First Visit to a New Dental Office

During your initial meeting at our dental office, our dentist will thoroughly discuss with you the various treatments that we offer including those that specifically suit your needs. They will answer any questions that you may have about your oral health.

Appointment Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with an Appointment Reminder via email or text message.  And if it's your first visit, we'll be happy to provide driving directions. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Appointment Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

New Patient Documentation

If you are pleased with the initial meeting, our team at Dogwood Dental Care will further assist you in scheduling an appointment for a formal checkup. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history/records. We suggest that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.

For your convenience, our office also provides the choice of filling out the forms in advance. This means that you may visit our website and fill out the enrollment forms online. This saves you time and ensures an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download the health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and evaluated prior to your session. Once our dentist reviews your health history forms and your appointment is set, you will be ready to meet our dentist again and begin your formal dental examination.

New Patient Form

Comprehensive Checkup

After reviewing your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam. Our dentist will observe the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination and explain any findings. Even though our dentist will review your medical and dental history in the forms you filled, they may still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is common and can help our dentist identify anything unusual or any information not mentioned in the new patient forms.


After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases and cavities. The x-rays are suggested to be performed either when there is a severe problem or routinely, once a year, to verify any changes from the last visit.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, x-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. The procedure is simple. You will be asked to bite down on gauze, and your mouth will be scanned by the machine. The rest of your body will be protected by a special device. After the procedure, the x-rays will be stored in your file for future reference.

Post Exam Consultation

Once the initial dental checkup is completed, our dentist will discuss the results with you. Our dentist will explain any findings such as irregularities or decay in your mouth, along with your overall oral health. They will mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic, if needed. Our dentist will suggest the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs, customized to your oral requirements. You will also have the opportunity to clarify any doubts or questions that you may have regarding your oral health.

Follow-Up Meeting

After meeting our dentist at Dogwood Dental Care in Carbondale, Illinois and discussing possible dental treatments in detail, we will schedule a follow-up session at your convenience. These follow-up sessions will be mostly for cleaning and preparing your teeth for any upcoming procedures.

We suggest visiting our office twice a year to prevent any cavities, tooth decay or any other oral health issues. During these routine checkups, the teeth are usually cleaned and treated to ensure that they remain in good shape. In addition, during these routine check-ups, our dentist can track your oral health condition and work on any preventive procedure to maintain your teeth in good shape.

Our staff at Dogwood Dental Care also provides smile reminders so you never miss a session. We will gladly send either an email or text message to remind you of your appointment. We understand busy schedules and want to provide the best service for your oral health needs.

Visit our office today or call us at 618-529-2471 for an appointment. Our team is ready to answer any questions that you may have, including driving directions to our office.