Welcome to our office! We would love to hear from you, so please call us to make an appointment at 731-668-8822. We do not currently offer online appointment scheduling. The appointment time you are given includes plenty of time for paperwork and insurance verification, so there is no need to arrive earlier than your appointed time.
If you are an emergency or work-in patient, yours is not a regular appointment time. If you did not speak directly with this office, you may not have been informed of possible delays. Please check with the receptionist about delays.
Your appointment includes time allotted for completing necessary paperwork, including patient history and insurance information. If you'd like to complete some of this paperwork prior to arrival, you may download our Patient Record/Medical History Form (PDF) and bring it with you to your first appointment.
On your first visit, you will have a consultation with Dr. Wilson, which will last approximately 30 minutes. X-rays and photographs of your teeth will be taken during this consultation. Even if you bring x-rays from your dental office, Dr. Wilson prefers to take his own X-rays, using specific angles and views. Once you and Dr. Wilson agree on a treatment plan, we can start your treatment that day, or make a separate treatment appointment if you prefer.
Treatment averages between 1 to 2 visits. We always try to finish treatment in one long visit; however, depending on the complexity of your case, and to keep you as comfortable as possible, it is sometimes necessary to break treatment into two or more visits. Each visit can average 2 to 3 hours. Because of the length of time needed for each visit, please do not bring young children to the office during your treatment, even if they are with a caregiver. Please be mindful that our staff and patients deserve the benefit of a quiet and calm office environment. This allows us to do our best job serving your needs.
You may return to work the same day or next day, depending on your level of comfort. We do not use general sedation, only local anesthetic (such as the type used at your dentist), and for an additional charge, nitrous oxide upon request. Your face will feel partially numb for awhile after treatment until the anesthetic wears off, and you may have some discomfort afterwards. If you have been given pain medication, you may not drive or operate heavy machinery or other equipment until you are no longer taking the medication. You may want to bring a driver with you to drive you home after the appointment, but it is not required. Please discuss your concerns with Dr. Wilson during the consultation.
Root canal therapy is slow and tedious work. Our practice deals with numerous complications and emergencies throughout the day. Delays may occur, and we apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. We take excellent care of all our patients, and we will take excellent care of you too. When you come for your appointment, please bring your patience, a smile, and a good book!