Q: How long should we allow for an evaluation?
A: I allow 90 minutes. We are frequently finished in less time, usually around 60 minutes, but I would rather have that extra time in case something comes up such as the following examples:
- There are complications I was unable to determine, even from my extensive phone discussion prior to the appointment. I might have to administer different types of assessments that were unexpected.
- A negative oral habit is discovered that was unknown prior to the actual appointment. This requires extra time to address properly.
- The patient or adult has several questions that need to be answered before they are comfortable setting up their first appointment.
- Scheduling is compromised because of prior appointments during the day and I am running a little bit late and do not want it to interfere with providing an adequate and thorough evaluation and oral exam.