It’s Important to Keep Your Dental Appointments

If you cannot go, call 24 hours before and the dentist will find another time for your appointment.
When you miss an appointment it doesn’t cost you anything but there are costs to others. The dentist has to pay rent on the office and dental equipment and the dentist holds time for you. The dental hygienist and other staff are there for you. Make
sure you choose to keep your appointment whenever possible. Things can come up that stop you from making it to your dentist, but here’s some helpful information if this does happen.
You forgot. Here are some tips to help you remember:
  • Ask your dentist if he or she can call or text you to remind you.
  • Your dentist may send you a postcard to remind you of the appointment.
  • Write it on your calendar.
  • Put the card on your refrigerator so you see it.
  • If you need to find a babysitter or get a ride do it right away. Then you don’t have to worry about scrambling at the last minute.  
You don’t have a ride. If you need help with transportation to your dentist appointments call First Transit at 1-877-725-0569.

Don’t forget to call the dentist if something changes and you can’t go to your appointment. That way you can re-schedule and someone else can see the dentist during the time you’re cancelling.
Here are some times that you need to call the dentist:
  • If you are sick. Let the office know you can’t make your appointment
  • If you are going to be late. Let the dentist’s office know – they might be able to see you a little later the same day.
  • If your car breaks down. Let the dentist’s office know you can’t get there for your appointment.
  • If you can’t leave work. You planned on leaving work but now your boss says you can’t or you’ve got a big project you need to finish. Call the dentist’s office and let them know you can’t make it.
On the day of the appointment take the dentist office phone number with you. Then, if you’re going to be late you can let the office know.

If you need helping finding a dentist you can call DentaQuest: 1-888-286-2447.