New patient with Adkins Family Dentistry? Take a moment to learn what to expect when you visit Dr. Adkins’ dental practice by reading our patient info below. Please contact our friendly team if you have any questions! We have years of experience in assisting families throughout the Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Littleton, Westminster, and Lakewood areas.
New Patient Forms
Your initial appointment usually will consist of a through examination and review of past dental treatment and your medical history. Please allow for an hour and a half for this visit.
When you come in, you will be welcomed by our administrative staff and all forms and copies of your insurance card, if this applies, will be taken. You will then meet Dr. Adkins and his assistant as x-rays are taken and the exam is done. Once the exam and x-rays are complete, you will be seen by one of our hygienists for your cleaning and fluoride treatment, if applicable and desired.
If you are being seen for an emergency visit, you will be seen by Dr. Adkins and your case will be evaluated. Most of the time, treatment can be started at this time. If you need to be referred to a specialist for any reason, we have several that we are confident will give you the same quality of care as we would.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Any x-rays taken by a previous dentist, if applicable.
- A list of any medications you are currently taking.
- Your dental insurance card, if applicable.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please alert the 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.).
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 x-rays are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
The practice of Christopher Adkins, DDS is open , .
We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
We try our best to stay on schedule to minimize your waiting. Due to the fact Dr. Adkins provides many types of dental services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Our Family Dentist in Wheat Ridge is always accepting new patients and can treat families near Arvada, Littleton, Westminster, and Lakewood as well!
Please call us at 303-424-9470 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover and American Express. We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at 303-424-9470. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.
Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.
We will send you a monthly statement. Most insurance companies will respond within four to six weeks. Please call our office if your statement does not reflect your insurance payment within that time frame. Any remaining balance after your insurance has paid is your responsibility. Your prompt remittance is appreciated. We can make arrangements for a monthly payment plan but this must be done prior to the actual procedure.
Home Care Instructions
Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at 303-424-9470 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.
It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling.
Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.
Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.
Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please call us at 303-424-9470 and let us know. We always welcome your questions.
Dr. Adkins and his staff are dedicated to providing you with a pleasant visit and results that you’re proud to show off. Our administrative staff is ready to help you with questions about scheduling, financial policy and insurance, to make that part of the process as simple as possible. We are proud to serve families throughout Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Littleton, Westminster, and Lakewood!