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First Visit

What to expect at your first appointment

Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step in joining a dental family that is fully committed to being part of your journey to excellent oral health … for life. Choosing a new dentist in Ocala can be a hard one – and you want to know if this choice is the right one for you and your smile. We encourage you to explore our website for answers to your oral health questions, starting with what to expect at your first appointment.

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Front Desk

Your medical history is an important part of your dental visits. Why? Because certain medications and health conditions can impact your oral health and how we manage your treatment needs. If you’d like to, prepare for your first visit by completing our patient intake forms.

Practice Tour

Come in and see where beautiful smiles are created. Meet our team and feel our relaxed Dentistry at Bridlewood atmosphere. Many of our anxious patients have found that this tour helped alleviate their anxiety about dentistry, allowing them to get the care they need and deserve. Call us to arrange your visit. We’ll be excited to welcome you!



Digital diagnostic equipment is used to check for issues and establish a baseline for future care. It is adjustable to emit up to 90% less radiation than film X-rays and is much more environmentally friendly. At Dentistry at Bridlewood, we also use a small pen-sized camera—called an intraoral camera—that shows you what we see when we examine your mouth. It’s an amazing tool that gives you great insight into your dental treatment plan.



At your first appointment, we take the time to get to know you and everything about your teeth, gums, and mouth to see a clear picture of your oral health needs and concerns. Because of this, we will spend a little extra time than we do with your maintenance hygiene appointments. We’ll also create a mouth map that we’ll use to track changes over time. We’ll assess for any jaw joint issues and do a screening for oral cancer. Please take advantage of this appointment by asking any questions you have about home care. Your hygienist is an expert at patient education and will happily give you all the help you need to take the best care of your smile.



Meet your doctor and discuss your personal oral health needs and desires. After a comprehensive examination, you will learn their findings together and determine the personalized approach that will work best for you. We’ll set up a regular care schedule, design a treatment plan, and if you’re interested, discuss your cosmetic options. We will work with you to help you meet your goals.


Treatment Coordination

At Dentistry at Bridlewood, we want to ensure you leave our office with your questions asked and answered. From insurance to treatment options to future-care questions, we will give you clear answers to help you make the best decisions for your and your family’s personal situation.


Your Dental Home

With you as our focus, we are dedicated to helping you love your smile while also enjoying the excellent oral health that supports your overall health. If you have any questions before your appointment, please give us a call. At Dentistry at Bridlewood, our first priority is meeting your needs, and we’re only a phone call away!