Have you arranged a consultation with the dentist of your choice and would like to be optimally prepared for your appointment? Read here which documents you should bring to the practice and how you can avoid stress before the appointment.
What happens during the consultation?
In most cases, dental treatment is preceded by a personal consultation with the dentist. Your doctor will inform you as comprehensively as possible and necessary about your treatment options, for example about different treatment methods, anaesthesia or types of dental prosthesis. When a dental treatment is due, he (or she) will explain the individual treatment steps to you, give reasons for appropriate recommendations and answer your questions.
So that you can understand all this even as a layman, the dentist should express himself during the consultation understandably and take enough time. If you feel insecure or do not know what is meant, ask – it is important that you know, because as a patient you can contribute a lot to the success of the therapy and its long-term success. The vast majority of dentists share this view and will do everything they can to encourage you to plan and carry out your treatment optimally.
Well prepared for a consultation: What you should bring with you into practice
The following documents are mandatory for the consultation with the dentist:
- Insurance card (health insurance or health card) for legally insured persons
- Identity card for privately insured persons
In some cases, you may need further documents, such as the following:
- Your bonus booklet
- Further treatment and cost plans for your treatment, if available
- X-ray images, if available – current images may save you further X-ray examinations and the associated radiation exposure.
As a patient, you have a free choice of dentist: So you can have treatment and cost plans drawn up by different doctors as you wish and then decide on the most economical treatment or the treatment that suits you best in general. Do not hesitate to show the dentist a second HKP during the consultation. He can use his colleague’s plan as a guide and orientation aid for his own cost estimate.
X-rays and DTV images from the 3D mouth scan
Do you already have X-ray images or a digitally created 3D image of your teeth or jaw? Then take this image material with you to your consultation with the dentist. The dentist can evaluate the images professionally and use them to better assess the existing situation. And if you have an X-ray passport, you should definitely bring it with you to the consultation appointment.
Bonus booklet for the bonus program of the health insurance funds
The statutory health insurance funds participate in a nationwide bonus programme: In order to receive the full bonus – the highest possible subsidy for dental prostheses – you must visit the dentist regularly once a year and take advantage of the free preventive appointments. This is documented by a stamp in the bonus booklet. You should therefore take the bonus booklet with you to every dentist appointment. However, it is not bad if you forget this or lose the booklet: Your data is stored in all dental practices you have visited for at least 10 years, so that you can also have the missing stamps added if necessary.
Medical restrictions? Heart pass, medication pass, etc.
If you have previous illnesses and/or regularly take medication, you should also inform your dentist during the consultation. If you have documents that document medical restrictions or your medication (e.g. medication passport or heart passport), you can present them directly during the consultation. Then the dentist can assess your personal risks and adjust your treatment accordingly.
Always inform your dentist about over-the-counter medicines and medical products that you regularly use, such as painkillers with acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin, ASA), herbal preparations (e.g. St. John’s wort, valerian) or histamine blockers for hay fever and allergies. Many things that are generally considered harmless can influence the course or success of dental treatment in certain situations.
Even if a patient drinks a lot of alcohol or uses drugs, the dentist should know this. Since he is subject to medical secrecy, he will treat this information confidentially and only use it for the benefit of his patient – for example, to choose the optimal type of anaesthetic or to prevent any wound healing disorders in the best possible way.