Plan Your Visit

Patient Forms

We invite you to streamline your first visit by reviewing and completing our New Patient Forms before your appointment. The staff at Howdy Dental is happy to answer any questions before, during, or after your visit.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Dr. Elizondo and the entire Howdy Dental team are honored that you have chosen us for your and your family’s oral health needs. Your initial visit is our first opportunity to establish an understanding of your current oral health and the goals you have for your oral health and teeth.

Once your New Patient Forms are complete, one of our hygienists will take digital X-rays of your teeth to document your current oral health and identify potential concerns, such as cracks and tooth decay. We’ll also evaluate the health of your gums and identify potential signs of periodontal (gum) disease. One of our hygienists will then clean and polish your teeth before Dr. Elizondo thoroughly examines your mouth, screens for oral cancer, and recommends any treatment you may need for your smile to be strong and healthy.

What to Do If You Feel Anxious About Your Visit

If the idea of going to the dentist makes you feel worried or nervous, you’re not alone. An estimated 50% to 80% of American adults feel anxious about their dental visits. Dr. Elizondo and his team are here to listen to your concerns and help you have a positive dental experience from start to finish. You may also try integrating one or all three of the following tips.

1. Be selective about timing.
When scheduling your appointment, choose a time and day of the week that creates the least amount of stress to your normal routine. So you don’t also feel rushed on the way to your visit, aim to give yourself a comfortable amount of time to make it to Howdy Dental on the day of your appointment.

2. Prevent subtle stress.
Small details, like a full bladder or the caffeine jitters, can inflate our feelings of stress, discomfort, or anxiety without our realizing it. To ensure your greatest comfort during your dental visit, aim for a good night’s sleep, reduce caffeine, eat a nourishing meal or snack, wear comfortable clothing, and use the restroom before you go back for your visit.

3. Talk with someone you trust.
Sharing your feelings about visiting the dentist with your partner or a friend is an excellent way to help manage dental anxiety. Knowing someone you trust is in your corner helps you buffer the negative effects of stress and can even elevate your general feelings of self-worth. You may even find it helpful to bring a supportive person to your dental visit.

If dental anxiety or fear is halting you from making or keeping an appointment, you may also consider seeing a mental health professional, like a counselor or therapist. Along with providing nonjudgmental support, a mental health professional can provide you with practical techniques to manage and overcome dental anxiety.

Request Appointment

Please call us or fill out our online form to request a time for your visit. We will contact you shortly to confirm one of the dates and times you selected.

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