Are you going through the process of looking for a dentist? Finding the right one can be tricky, so today we walk you through some factors to keep in mind when making your decision.
A good dentist will have a good reputation. Ask your family, friends or coworkers about what dentist they see and look into their recommendations. Online reviews can be good for this.
You can contact your local dental society for a list of dentists in your area too.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
The relationship you have with your dentist is important. So, one of the most important considerations is whether or not you'll feel comfortable with receiving care from them. During your first consultation or appointment, consider:
- Do they listen to you when explaining symptoms and asking questions?
- Do you feel comfortable expressing fears or anxieties and do they answer questions about them effectively?
- Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Does your prospective dentist offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has specific health issues, consider choosing a dentist that specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is the dentist close to home or work? Are they accessible by public transit? Is their parking convenient? How about their hours?
For patients with special needs, make sure the dental office can accommodate them. From dental sedation to physical accessibility, this is an important aspect of comprehensive care.
Costs & Money Matters
The cost of service will vary by practice. Does your dentist follow current Dental Association Fee Guidelines? Do they accept insurance and can they file it electronically?
Are there multiple payment options available?
While your health is the most important, money is also an issue. Don't hesitate to ask for an estimate of the cost of procedures.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming? Can you visit the office before making your decision to get a sense of the environment?
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
It's important that your dentist has the same values you do. Ask them about their approach to their dentist-patient relationships and whether you two would be a good match.
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