Know the Facts: How to Prepare for your ENT Appointment

How to Prepare for your ENT Appointment

How to Prepare for your ENT Appointment
You may have recently seen your primary care physician and was referred to see an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor for specialized treatment. If this is your first time visiting an ENT doctor, you may have some questions and are wondering what to expect. While having anxiety regarding a new experience is entirely normal, having some foresight is the best way to help prevent the jitters, and the best way to do that is to know how to prepare for your ENT appointment.

Are you curious about how to prepare for your ENT appointment? Check out our helpful guidelines to give you a better idea of what to expect, and to help you prepare for your first appointment.

• When you make your ENT appointment, be sure to have your referral (if you needed one) and insurance information ready and available. The office staff at the doctor’s office will need this information to make your first appointment.
• When you are on the phone scheduling your first appointment, ask if you need to do anything, in particular, to prepare for your first appointment. If there are specific instructions, take note and write it down, so you don’t forget.
• Before the appointment, jot down all of your symptoms, note how long they have been going on, and any other necessary information you can think of regarding the issues you are having. You may not remember to say everything during your first appointment, so make sure you come prepared.
• It is also important to take note of other conditions you are being treated for, any allergies you may have, as well as all of the vitamins, supplements, and medication you are currently taking. Information like this is vital, as it can help prevent unwanted interactions from occurring.
• Bringing a family member or friend with you to the appointment may help keep you calm and relaxed during your first appointment. Having company in the waiting area can help keep you distracted in a healthy manner, bringing down your stress levels to a manageable level.
• Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment, limit the amount of jewelry you wear (or wear none at all), and make sure you don’t wear anything too fragrant. Your doctor or the other patients may be sensitive to certain perfumes and colognes and could have an unwanted reaction.
• During the appointment, make sure you have your notes with you. If you prepared ahead of time, it would be easy to tell the doctor the information needed to give you the best diagnosis and treatment possible. Having this information on hand can help you get a more accurate diagnosis.
• During your experience, if you are unclear about anything don’t be afraid to ask questions. This goes for both when you are scheduling your first appointment and during your appointment. The staff members and doctors should be able to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, so don’t be shy.

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