Questions New Patients Should Ask Their Dentist

Cosmetic, General & Implant Dentist Serving Fremont, Newark, Union City & Nearby Bay Area, California


Posted: January 9, 2019

If you’re visiting a new dentist, it can be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re prone to dental anxiety. However, you can establish a rapport with your dentist and calm your anxiety with a conversation establishing expectations and delving into your oral health. It can be difficult to know when a dentist is genuinely concerned about an oral problem, or is simply trying to upsell you. These questions can help you to trust your dentist’s recommendations.Bearded man smiling in a dentist's chair during his initial consultation

Fremont dentist Dr. Jorge Montane prides himself on his compassionate bedside manner and his gentle dentistry techniques. He has such a soft touch that his patients call him “No Pain Montane.” He takes a genuine interest in each of his patients, and will never try to upsell you on a service you don't need or that he thinks wouldn’t be beneficial.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Montane today by calling 510-795-0444. We perform general, cosmetic, and family dentistry.

How’s My Oral Health Overall?

There can be many reasons a patient develops cavities, infection, gum disease, or other oral health problems. Dr. Montane can take a comprehensive look at your mouth, ask you questions about your lifestyle and food choices, and help you to understand the state of your oral health. He may recommend a variety of solutions to help your mouth get healthy, including:

  • Using a different toothbrush or brushing technique
  • If you have difficulty flossing because of pain or poor technique, he may recommend a water pick
  • Fillings for any cavities you may have
  • Root canal if your tooth has decay that has spread to the roots
  • Cosmetic treatment if you express an interest in a more appealing smile

He can also let you know what kinds of food or drink you should avoid or cut back on, and make recommendations for a tooth-healthy diet. If you need significant dental work, he will explain why, and answer any questions you have about it.

How Can You Help Me Relax During Dental Treatment?

There are unfortunately many dentists out there who don’t take the time to listen to their patients, or don’t take their patients’ pain seriously. Dr. Montane’s dental philosophy is based on mutual trust and respect. He does not want his patients to feel like their concerns are minor or invalid, and he takes your pain seriously.

It can be hard to speak while your mouth is open and being worked on, so we highly recommend discussing the use of hand signals if you think you’ll need to stop or pause treatment at any time. This way, if treatment gets too intense for you, you can use the agreed signal and Dr. Montane will stop as soon as possible to give you a break.

If you get severe dental anxiety, please discuss it with Dr. Montane or our staff so that we can help formulate a plan to calm you down enough to get through your treatment. Visiting the dentist is extremely important to your oral and overall health.

Schedule Your Dental Consultation Today

If you’re ready to visit a dentist who genuinely cares about you and your teeth, call Dr. Montane today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in Fremont, Newark, Union City, and nearby Bay Area.