First Visit

What Will Happen On My First Visit?

Plan to spend 90 minutes in our office for your initial examination. 

At your initial visit, Dr. Ridgway will review your medical & dental history with you.  A comprehensive periodontal examination and oral cancer screening will be performed and any necessary xrays will be made to aid in diagnosing & treatment planning your periodontal needs.  If you have recently had xrays made at another office, please bring a copy to your appointment or arrange to have them emailed to our office at

Once we develop a treatment plan for your case, we will review the financial costs associated with your care prior to initiating treatment.  We are happy to file your insurance claims for you to assist in maximizing your insurance benefits.  We ask that you pay for your comprehensive examination & xrays on the day of your first visit.

Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:

  • 1.  Your referral slip and xrays from your referring dentist (please ask to have your xrays emailed to  A referral is preferred but not necessary.
  • 2.  A list of all medications you are currently taking, both prescription & nonprescription.
  • 3.  Drivers license
  • 4.  If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.

Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.

Please notify the office if you have a medical condition requiring antibiotic premedication prior to dental appointments.  You will need to take your premed for your initial examination appointment.  (e.g. artificial heart valves, artificial joints, heart conditions requiring pre-medication).