Choosing a dentist can be a very daunting task for anyone. The sheer amount of work involved in deciding on the dentist to settle for is enough for some people to go with the first one they come across, or worse still, to put the whole thing off altogether.
Today, we’ll take some advice from us at Choice Dental, on the issue. In deciding which dentist to use, consider the following:
- Call the office and ask questions, most dental practice are open to basic consultation
- The front desk personnel should make you feel comfortable
- Alternatively, pay a visit to the office and ask questions
It is recommended that before settling on the one you think is right for you, visit at least two, in order to get a good sense of what each one is offering.
Things to look out for when choosing a Dentist
Your dentist is very likely going to be your long-term oral health care partner; as a result, you should make sure it is someone you can be comfortable with. To make sure the dentist you are considering is a good fit for you, consider asking some of the following questions at the beginning of your meeting:
What are the office hours? Are they convenient for your schedule?
Is the office easy to get to from work or home?
Where was the dentist educated and trained?
What’s the dentist’s approach to preventive dentistry?
How often does the dentist attend conferences and continuing education workshops?
What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer to help you relax and feel more comfortable during any necessary dental treatment?
What arrangements are made for handling emergencies outside of office hours? (Most dentists make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to emergencies.)
Is information provided about all fees and payment plans before treatment is scheduled? You should also ask for estimates on some common procedures such as full-mouth X-rays, an oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.
What is the dentist’s office policy on missed appointments?
Another set of things you should take into consideration during the visit are:
- Is the office clean, neat, and orderly? Do all surfaces and equipment in the room appear clean and hygienic? If they aren’t, then you probably don’t need us to tell you to run away as fast as you can.
- Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?
- Do you observe the dentist and staff wearing gloves and other protective gear during actual patient treatment? Again, if there aren’t, it probably means they are not keeping to the required standards of hygiene, so again, get out of there as fast as you can.
Here is the good news, at Choice Dental, we can guarantee you of all the best practices. We are very confident that you’ll be impressed with our services.