L. Dawn Christian, DDS

71 Valley Street, Ste. 101

South Orange, NJ 07079

+1 973 761 4800


A Warm Welcome to Our New Patients!  

Orientation & Information for Your First Visit 

Your first visit to Village Dental Group involves a few special steps so that we can get to know you. To understand our treatment philosophy, what to expect, and how to get the most out of your visit, please read through this page. You can also save some time by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.

Our Vision

Village Dental Group is a multi-specialty dental practice. We consider it a privilege to serve our community and patients by continuing to improve our practice through continued education for our Doctors, Dental Assistants, Hygienists and staff. We are always implementing the latest technologies, affording our patients state of the art dentistry in a state of the heart dental practice. We believe that the ultimate experience is a comfortable, relaxing and caring environment, and we are confident that we accomplish that here at Village Dental.


To fulfill our Vision, we are committed to:

  • Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
  • Earning the trust and respect of patients, profession and community.
  • Exceeding your expectations.
  • Ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.
  • Striving for continuous improvement at all levels.


New Patient Forms

Please print and fill out these forms so we can expedite your first visit. In order to view or print these forms you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. Click here to download it.

Appointment Policy

When you make an appointment, the time slot is reserved for YOU. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call and let us know so that we may fill that spot with another patient who needs our services. We strive to stay on time and respect your time. 

IMPORTANT: We confirm VIA TEXT up to the day before your appointment. If you do not respond, we will assume you are not coming and will give that time to another patient. 

How to Have a Great Experience

1. Provide us with a complete and up-to-date medical history.

Infections, medications,and certain conditions can affect the outcome of treatment or if you can be treated.  If you take Coumadin, your physician will have to stop this medication for certain types of treatment.  If you take a lot of medications, have your physican’s office copy the list and the conditions for us.

2. The night before, set out your medications so you’ll remember to take them.

If you have certain types of heart conditions or shunts in your body, you will need to be premedicated prior to treatment.  This also includes rods or pins, knee replacements, and stents. If you don’t have a prescription, call and let us know and we will call it in for you. This has to be taken 1 hour before your appointment. Do not forget to take your blood pressure medication before your visit — and EAT.

3.  Allow extra time for travel and paperwork

Being on time is good for your nerves and gives us the necessary time to carry out your treatment.  Sometimes we may need to contact your physicain for additional information. Call if you are running late.

4. Become familiar with your Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is a third-party payer that can assist you in paying for treatment. However, our obligation is to you and what is best for your dental health, which may not be covered. We will try to get as much information from them as we can, however you can also get information about your plan from the carrier and your employer.

5. Have an idea about what you would like to accomplish

Assess your priorities for your dental health, for example: staying healthy, havng a great smile, increasing self-esteem. Be specific about how you feel about your oral health as a factor in social or personal situations. We’ll be on the same page and you’ll feel better about your visit, the treatment, and us.

6. Ask Questions!

There is no such thing as a stupid question. We have lots of information for you, but we can only pass on what we think you need. If you don’t understand your treatment, you shouldn’t be getting it. Educate yourself about it. We have pictures, videos, brochures, and some of our patients would be happy to talk to you about similar procedures.  An educated patient is the best patient!

7. Be comfortable about your treatment

You have to live with your treatment and be happy with the results. The most appropriate treatment, or the treatment you want, may not be covered by your dental insurance. Sometimes treatment or payment can be phased over time, allowing you to get the dental work you really prefer or need.

We’re Here to Serve YOU!

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(973) 761-4800
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