+ First Visit


We are pleased to be your choice for your periodontal care and realize that as a new patient you may have several questions regarding our office procedures and policies. Your first appointment will be a comprehensive evaluation, for which we reserve one hour. A treatment plan and estimate of fees will be provided for you at the end of the visit.  Please call or email us with any additional questions.

 Our Lawrence office phone number is (785) 843-4076      Fax  (785) 843-6127                                                                Our Topeka office number is (785) 272-0770      Fax (785) 272-0035

Prior to your appointment it is helpful for our office to get as much information about you to help individualize your care. This would include:

  • Your chief dental concerns
  • Information from you or your referring dentist [referral slip]
  • Dental radiographs [x-rays]
  • Dental Health History [which includes a list of medications you are currently taking]
  • If you have any dental insurance, please bring your dental insurance card [see insurance information for more detailed information]

Also, it is important you let us know about any medical conditions or concerns prior to treatment [e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs or other conditions requiring pre-medication].


Welcome Letter

Welcome to our office. You have been referred to our office because your dentist believes your periodontal needs will most effectively be treated by a periodontist. Our doctors and staff will work closely with your dentist's office to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Dr. Edwards is a native of Lawrence, Kansas; he has been in private practice here for twenty-seven years, and is a part-time faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.  He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by a two year residency in Periodontics at Louisiana State University Medical Center.

Dr. Wilson received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, followed by a three-year residency in Periodontics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  During this time she also received her Masters of Science degree in Oral Biology. She has been in private practice here for fourteen years.

Dr. Holt received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, graduating first in his class, where he then completed a two and a half year residency in Periodontics. He is an alumni member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and has received the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence.

Dr. Edwards and Dr. Wilson are Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Holt is Board eligible.

We are pleased to be your choice for your periodontal care and realize that as a new patient you may have several questions regarding our office procedures and policies. Your first appointment will be a comprehensive evaluation with a treatment plan & estimate provided for you at the end of the visit. The fee for this first visit is due at the time of your appointment [radiographs will be additional if needed] and we reserve an hour for your appointment and ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete any additional paperwork. We file insurance as a courtesy to our patients if current information is provided. We will gladly send estimates to your insurance carrier and we will accept payment from your carrier for treatment rendered. However, we expect payment at the time of service for your portion of the estimated fees. Please note that our financial policy requires 48 hours notice be given to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Due to the list of patients waiting for appointments, if you do not give 48 hours notice or fail to appear for your appointment, please be aware that in most circumstances you will be asked to prepay in advance of making future appointments. Should you not appear for your rescheduled appointment, the prepayment will be forfeited.

Ultimately, any balance of the bill not covered by insurance is your responsibility. Our office is a provider for Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Kansas and Delta Dental.

We will try to make each visit of your treatment sequence as relaxing and pleasant as possible. We offer anti-anxiety medication, laughing gas [nitrous oxide], and IV sedation, as well as head phones and video glasses for added relaxation.

Please bring your completed health questionnaire and signed copy of our financial policy, insurance card, photo ID and any radiographs your dentist may have taken, with you to your first visit. We look forward to seeing you at you first visit to the office!

Sincerely,
Dr. Mark Edwards, Dr. Angela Wilson and Staff