Initial Consultation – A Comprehensive Oral Examination

During a new patient consultation, we want to get to know you and your health profile. This includes if there is any pain in the teeth or gums, if you’re experiencing headaches, neck aches or jaw and how you sleep. We also take digital scans to determine if there are any underlying dental concerns.

We then have a detailed conversation about your oral health, how it relates to your general health and whether there are any steps we can take with you to improve your health as an individual.

Holistic Dentistry relates your oral health to your general health.

Any holistic practitioner should relate a holistic health model and be able to explain to our patients how our practice fits into their health model.

Central to holistic dentistry is an understanding of the impact of infections in the gums, teeth or jawbone on your overall health.

As Dental practitioners, we place foreign material in our patients’ mouths. Therefore choosing filling materials that are not toxic, aesthetic, strong and are biocompatible with good health is very important.

The treatments of tension headaches, neck aches, migraines or jaw problems are also incorporated into holistic dentistry, together with nutritional and postural advice.

In addition to providing holistic general dentistry services, we work with other health practitioners to help you achieve optimal health.

Pain is a poor gauge as to whether there is a problem. In our experience, a high percentage of dental issues present with no pain whatsoever.

It often surprises us that one patient may only have a small cavity and be in a lot of pain while another may have extensive decay and infections and yet never had any pain.

Therefore, even without pain you may benefit from a holistic dental and general health assessment.

If you are have or are experiencing any of the following there also strong cause to come in for a comprehensive oral health assessment:

  • Pain – tooth ache or pain in your jaw
  • Snoring, sleep apnoea or poor sleep
  • Cosmetic concerns
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches, neck aches or jaw pain
  • Breathing issues or poor posture
  • Bleeding or sore gums
  • Wisdom teeth pain

If you are experiencing pain, there can be several reasons why your teeth are sensitive.

These might include:

  • Decay with a cavity developing in the tooth.
  • Cracks in teeth are a frequent cause which can be difficult to locate.
  • Clenching or grinding the teeth. This can also result in headaches and migraines.
  • Oral infections within the tooth, gums or jawbone.
  • Teeth that are tender to pressure or chewing may be the result of new fillings or crowns that may still need a slight adjustment of the bite by simply polishing.
  • Tooth brush abrasion and abfraction – wear around the neck of the tooth at the gum line exposes the dentine which contains nerve endings.

In any of the cases above or if you simply want a more holistic approach to your oral and general health, please come in for a comprehensive medical and dental examination.

A new patient consultation is a comprehensive oral health assessment. This includes initial scans for diagnostic purposes. See the procedure below for details.

During the new patient consultation, the Dentist will also discuss treatment options with you.

We generally do not commence dental treatment on the first visit for a number of reasons:

  • Without seeing you in person, we cannot allocate the correct time for the work required
  • During the consultation, you have the chance to ask any questions about any potential treatment options – this allows you to make an informed decision about any recommendations.
  • Seeing you before treatment commences allows us to create a plan with you – some work may need to be prioritised and therefore planning for this will help inform the right process

We have dedicated oral health therapists that perform oral hygiene (teeth cleaning).

If you’re seeking a dental appointment for your child, we have dedicated Oral Health Therapists who are able to perform dental treatment for those under 18 years. Please read more here.

At your first visit, we sit down with you for an hour and work out your needs.

This will include:

  • Recording and analysis of medical history
  • Thorough oral examination
  • Oral cancer screen
  • Pain relief if possible
  • Digital bitewing x ray (low radiation)
  • OPG x-ray
  • Intraoral photographic record (to assist monitoring change)
  • Tailored treatment plan
  • Discussion of relevant treatment options

If you’re having any dental concerns or would like to know about the connection between oral health and general health, or would like a general check-up, a new patient consultation is where to begin.

If you’d like to make an appointment with us, we look forward to helping you achieve the best of health.

In preparation for your dental appointment, we will send to you the Medical History Form which will help us spend more time with you at the appointment.

The Dentist will conduct a thorough oral examination, taking images and any necessary radiographs. Once we understand your needs and requirements, the Dentist will present a tailored treatment plan (if necessary) and discuss it with you in detail.

You will also have a chance to go over your medical history in detail.

Payment is required at the time of service and for your convenience we accept cash, EFTPOS and all major credit cards.

We do have HICAPS facility for your health fund rebate if you have private health insurance on the day of treatment.

Commonly Asked Questions

Holistic dentistry is concerned with the patient attached to the tooth, rather than the tooth

The body is interconnected and the oral cavity is vitally important to your general health. The mouth is the start of the respiratory system and the digestive tract.

If you eat well and breathe well, you will most likely be healthier than if you didn’t. Therefore your oral health is an important part of your overall health profile.

Dental x-rays are necessary to check between teeth, underneath fillings and crowns as well as the supporting jawbone.

At the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre we use digital x-rays which use 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays and eliminates the use of chemicals in the developing process.

Pain is a really poor gauge as to whether there is a problem.

It often surprises us that one patient may only have a small cavity and be in a lot of pain while another may have extensive decay and infections and yet never had any pain.

It is important to visit us to determine if there are any underlying issues that may be affecting your general health.

Welcome to the very big club of people who are anxious, scared or even terrified of dental treatment. There are lots of things we do that help including:

  • Calm, supportive team
  • Use of local anaesthetics
  • Ceiling positioned overhead television for your entertainment during treatment
  • Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”) which is a gentle way of relaxing you in conjunction with local anaesthetics.
  • The use of rubber dam (See Rubber Dam) and its importance in calming people is a big help ensuring that you don’t have water etc. falling down the back of your throat and allows you to relax. With rubber dam and local anaesthetics many people have been known to fall asleep.

If you are feeling particularly anxious:

  • Intravenous sedation has the advantage of you being totally relaxed, all of the treatment can be done in one appointment and you often have no memory of the appointment

Read more information on Dental Anxiety.

The initial consultation does not include a teeth clean.

Your dental hygiene and therapy is an important part of your dental health and we therefore have dedicated dental hygienists and oral health therapists that provide a thorough clean for our patients.

As we do not know the state of your teeth beforehand, this is usually best to treatment plan so we can provide you with exactly the service you need at your subsequent appointment.

We do not generally conduct treatment on the initial visit. We need to assess the quality of your oral health properly before we can accurately allocate time toward your treatment. It is therefore more efficient to have an initial consultation to provide an overall treatment plan, placing the highest priority on those areas that need to be addressed first.

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