At Higson Dental Group, most new patients tend to be referrals from our existing patient base. Having grown into one of Grande Prairie‘s largest dental practices in a short period of time, we are both proud and appreciative of this support and approval from those who trust us with their dental care. However, we are always excited to meet new clients who have found us through other means as well! We always do our best to accommodate new patients with a broken tooth or other dental emergency. And we always endeavor to have all individuals seen as soon as possible to deal with any discomfort they may be experiencing. Our goal is to develop a long term relationship with each of our patients to allow us to help them maintain a healthy dentition for life. With that goal in mind, your initial appointment will normally consist of a cleaning, thorough examination, and a subsequent consultation with one of our dentists explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the consultation if indicated. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Any recent radiographs from your previous dentist.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- Medical and dental insurance information.
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
Medications & Medical Conditions
While a Medical History Questionnaire will be completed and reviewed during your first visit and updated regularly at subsequent visits, please alert our office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
Many of our patients are fortunate to have dental insurance. If you are one such patient, please be sure to bring your insurance information to your first appointment so that we may enter it in our system to file claims on your behalf. Also, we occasionally prescribe medications that require a patient’s Alberta Health Care number to dispense. Having that number on file in your chart can prove invaluable should you ever need one of these medications, so please be sure to provide it during your first visit as well.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.