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- If this is a specialist, make sure you have obtained the proper referrals from your primary care doctor
- Call the specialist as soon as you have the referral in your hand to see what their process is for new patients. Some specialists need a lot of paperwork, records, and will not see you (even if you have a PPO) without a letter and formal referral from the referring physician.
- If appointments are being scheduled months out for new patients, ask to be put on the cancellation list.
- Do you have a detailed health profile? If not, this would be a great time to make one, be sure to include basic information, risk factors, current issues, past surgeries, any medication you are on, (include herbs and vitamins), family history allergies etc.
- Get copies of your health records and any imaging.
- If you have had an MRI, CT Scan, or xrays done, get copies sent over to the new doctor. This will give him time to read them in advance.
Choosing the Right TMJ Disorder Doctor – Part One
First, if you have not had a chance to read part one of this series, here is a summary of it:
- Research your area – Make a list of all the doctors near you that could be candidates.
- Prioritize your needs – What qualities are important to you in a doctor?
- Verify credentials
- Interview doctors
- Evaluate – Is this the right doctor for you?
- Choose your doctor!
Choosing the Right TMJ Disorder Dentist or Doctor – Part Two
A healthy Doctor / Patient relationship is in many ways like other relationships, with negotiations and compromises. The big difference is that all negotiations and compromises need to be made with the patients best interest in mind. Having a clear idea of what you want to get out of your visit will help your doctor make the most of your visit.
Points to Remember:
- Your impression of the receptionist and other staff is important. It often reflects the attitude of the doctors.
- If after the interview you feel uncomfortable, follow your gut, and don’t hesitate to interview someone else on your list.
- If you have multiple health problems, is your doctor able to handle the entire situation? or is he or she a specialist?
- Does the doctor see many TMJD patients?
- Get a second or third opinion if you are unsure about anything that your doctor recommends.
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