New Dental Patient Information

Welcome to a New Dental Care Experience

New Patient Experience

If you’re new to Lawrenceville Smiles, you may be a little nervous about what to expect. We get it – going to the dentist can make people anxious, especially if you need extensive work.

That said, we want to put your mind at ease. On the first phone call, we’ll learn a little bit about you, tell you a little bit about us and send you a new patient welcome packet to exchange some additional information.

Before you come in for a visit, we’ll remind you of your appointment. When you walk into our office, we try to help you leave your nerves at the door. Though we offer a high level of dental care and precise attention to detail, we do so in a relaxed, down-to-earth environment. We want you to feel welcome.

Your First Visit

Typically, new patients will first meet with Dr. Scalia.  However, at times new patients who are in need of only a simple cleaning and checkup will be seen first by Judy, our hygienist.  

When you see Dr. Scalia first, you will spend time getting to know each other.  One of the most important questions Dr. Scalia will ask you is: “What is it you would like us to do for you?”

Before you come to your first appointment, please download our New Patient forms, print and fill them out in the convenience of your home, and then just remember to bring them with you!

New Patient Forms

The Steps to Get You Started

1.Dr. Scalia and his team will perform an examination and gather all the necessary information to determine treatment options. This may also mean making impressions of your teeth, taking x-rays, and photographs. He will use this information to create customized treatment plans for you based on your needs and desires.

2.In many cases, Dr. Scalia will have you return for a consultation visit. You will sit down together (along with a significant other, if you prefer) to review four key things:

3.At this point, what you choose to do is up to you. Dr. Scalia feels his first job is to demonstrate to you that he understands your dental condition, how you got to this point and what you might do about it.  It is then up to you to hire him again to move on to his second job — delivering the treatment option you choose.

You may see Judy, our hygienist, first. She’ll get to know you a bit (and vice versa) while reviewing your medical history. She will also:

4.You will then likely have a basic cleaning and a fluoride treatment.  Dr. Scalia will also come in to meet you and perform a dental examination. When you leave this appointment you should feel like you have had a great cleaning and a very thorough examination.

Amenities and Comforts

When you’re in one of our computerized treatment rooms, we are entirely focused on you – your treatment, your needs, and your comfort.

Here at Lawrenceville Smiles, we always follow a stress reduction protocol. We’ll take the time to talk about your dental condition in as much or as little detail as you’d like. When in the office for dental treatment, we’ll show you a stop signal – think of it as a secret handshake – in case you need the work to stop at any time. We’ll even give you a stress ball so you can squeeze away some nerves.  And of course, should you desire, we can wrap you in comfort with cozy blankets and neck pillows.

Payment Options and Insurances

We will help you plan your treatment, offer options that fit your budget and answer all your questions. And though our practice is fee-for-service, which means we aren’t in insurance companies’ networks, we will submit insurance claims to your insurance companies for you electronically to maximize benefits.

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