Your dental health is one of the most important aspects of your overall physical well being. Finding the right dentists is an essential element in maintaining your health over your lifetime. Whether you’re relocating, your dentist is retiring, or you’re not comfortable with your current dentist, finding the right provider take a bit of research – but it’s well worth it.
Ask yourself a few of these standard questions in considering a new dental health professional:
What are the office hours?
Is the office near public transit, or is parking available?
What insurances are accepted?
How long has the dentist been in practice?
Try to find testimonials for you prospective new dentist – either through personal referrals or online. Angie’s List and Google reviews often offer a comprehensive opinion of the dental practice in question.
Once you’ve determined which dentist to choose, call the office to schedule an appointment. Your first visit is an opportunity to get comfortable with the dentist and staff. Use this time to ask appropriate questions so that you can make informed decisions.
You may want to ask your dentist specific questions about your particular dental situation. If you are very sensitive during cleanings, or require additional anesthesia in certain situations, your first visit would be a good time to discuss these concerns. Just like people, some dentists are more amenable than others in providing additional care. Also inform your new dentist of any specific dental concerns, previous unusual dental experiences or any other irregularities with your dental history.
Be sure to discuss the charges for regular checkups and xrays with the office staff. Most offices will provide pretreatment estimates for your services at no charge. When you have thorough knowledge of what services your new dentist offers, and the potential costs to you, you can make an informed decision.