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Contact Our Office:
Before traveling to our office, we ask that all new patients read the information below and then contact us (via email or phone) to discuss how we can help you. As you are making plans to come in for treatment, we want to offer as much information as possible to address your questions and help you. Since traveling takes a lot of planning, we will assist you in setting up multiple appointments so we can help you find relief as quickly as possible. Please give us a call at 703-821-1103 or email us at so we can get started!
Prepare for Your Visit:
Before coming to our office, we ask that you complete our New Patient Questionnaire. Your questionnaire will be submitted and received electronically. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes to submit your information. Be sure to include as much detail as possible as this will allow our dentist to better serve you. We require your questionnaire to be submitted in advance so our Dr. Jeffrey Brown can review your history and symptoms in detail before he will meet with you. This helps to make your initial consultation more efficient and productive.
If you would like us to file on your behalf, please email us a copy of your insurance cards (front and back of both medical and dental) and your ID.
Telemedicine First Appointment — Initial Consultation:
This option allows you to meet Dr. Brown without the expense of traveling. Please understand that if you wish to have an in-person visit that is available as well.
(Appointment Time: 30 minutes)
Telemedicine consultations are an easy way to meet with the doctor so he can screen, evaluate and start diagnosing underlying problems while you are in the comfort of your own home. Please note, all telemedicine consults must be scheduled in advance. When preparing for your consult, please make sure you are using a smart phone, tablet or computer with a webcam. Five minutes before your scheduled call, click the button below or use the link we sent you. This will prompt you to enter your name and enable your camera. Once you have completed these steps, you will be in our virtual waiting room. A team member will initiate the call at your appointment time. If you need to schedule a TMJ or sleep apnea appointment in Falls Church, Virginia, or have any trouble at all, please call one of our team members at 703-821-1103.
First Appointment — Initial Consultation:
(Appointment Time: 30 – 40 minutes)
If the virtual exam indicates an underlying TMJ dysfunction, our doctor will provide you with an order for a TMJ MRI. We find that many of our patients experience TMD symptoms when there is disc dislocation in the jaw joints. Since MRIs show soft tissue, Dr. Brown will be able to evaluate the condition and the position of the articular discs and gain a better understanding as to what is happening internally. Once the virtual consultation is complete, work with our treatment coordinator to set up your appointments after visiting the MRI center for imaging of your TMJs.
It is very important that you schedule your MRI appointment in advance to ensure the timing of appointments within our office are beneficial for you.*
Patients are usually in the area for two to three days. From the completion of the MRI, a completed report can be generated at least 24 hours prior to the second appointment in office. Please check out our travel guide for hotels close to our office, restaurants and other activities while visiting Northern Virginia.
*For questions regarding fees and scheduling with Novant Health Imaging, please contact them directly by calling 703-356-4900.
Second Appointments (2) — In-Person Review and Treatment Planning Consultation:
When joining us in office for your treatment consultation, please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so you have plenty of time to find our office and make your way to the third floor, where you will find us in suite 301. Once you arrive, our team will walk you through our check-in process.
Appointment 1: Head and Neck Exam and Vitals
(Appointment Time: 20-30 minutes)
This visit ideally would be before or on the same day as your MRI. Dr. Brown will perform a thorough head and neck exam with our treatment coordinator, taking your vitals and a CBCT X-ray. This examination focuses on craniofacial bone alignment, airway health, oral health, identifying TMD symptoms, sleep habits, posture and overall development.
If the doctor recommended a TMJ MRI, your MRI report will be sent to our office and ready for review after 24 hours. The MRI imaging and report from the radiologist, who has personally worked with our office for over 25 years, will allow the doctor to evaluate the TMJ and determine the extent of the condition and dislocation.
Appointment 2: Treatment Plan, MRI and CBCT Review
(Appointment Time: 40-50 minutes)
During this appointment, the doctor will review your MRI and CBCT X-ray results with you. At this time, you will be provided with a treatment plan that aims toward reducing your symptoms and improving your health. Once Dr. Brown has explained your treatment plan in detail, you will meet with our treatment plan coordinator to discuss all available financial options to help fit this within your lifestyle.
Second or Third Appointment — Work-Up Appointment:
(Appointment Time: 60 – 90 minutes)
After we have discussed any and all concerns regarding your treatment plan during the treatment consultation (above), we can begin your work-up appointment. If you choose not to schedule a work-up on the same day, we can always schedule this appointment for a different date. Please let us know what works best for you.
The work-up consists of taking postural and oral photographic images for analysis as well as digital scans of your teeth. Once we have completed the workup, the digital scans will be sent to the lab that same day. Your treatment plan will likely consist of an appliance or appliances that will be ready for fitting in approximately six weeks. Our team will coordinate your appliance delivery appointments.
Fourth Appointments (2) — Delivery and Fitting of Appliance(s):
Appointment 1: Delivery of Appliance
(Appointment time: 40- 50 minutes)
During your appliance delivery appointment, Dr. Brown will adjust the appliance or appliances to start treatment. Once the appliances are adjusted properly, Dr. Brown will record your measurements to track your progress. The assistant will make sure you know how to care for your appliance and how to place and remove the appliance from your mouth.
Appointment 2: Check of Appliance
(Appointment time: 15-20 minutes)
Ideally, we would like you to wear these appliances for a day prior to checking, but at the least that afternoon prior to travel. This appointment is to simply make sure there are no high spots or uncomfortable feeling before you travel home. This appointment will be scheduled at the same time as the others. After the appliance is adjusted and you are feeling comfortable, you are free to head home!
(Appointment time: 40-50 minutes)
For your treatment to produce results and be the most effective, you will need to plan follow-up visits every eight to ten weeks. At these appointments, your appliance or appliances will be adjusted. These follow-up visits are critical since your appliance could wear down or stop the movement of the cranium, which may result in an increase in your symptoms. After 12 months of treatment, Dr. Brown will reevaluate with a new MRI and CBCT X-ray to track your progress and determine the next course of action for finishing. We understand that traveling frequently is not easy, so speak with us about your case and we will accommodate to the best of our ability.
Insurance & Billing:
As our practice is out of network with all commercial carriers and government programs (Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare), our administrative team will do their best to obtain preauthorization, predeterminations and benefit rundowns with your medical and dental insurance carrier once the treatment plan has been established. Our treatment coordinator will provide you with an estimate of benefits before moving forward with any remedy. The cost of the treatment will be discussed and financial options so that you can make this work within your lifestyle. Our insurance coordinator will submit claims and any necessary documentation for each of your visits to our office. Our goal with the filing process is to allow you and the doctor to focus on getting you better.
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