Finding a good dentist and one that is right for you, can be a bit like pulling teeth. However, it really doesn’t have to be – let’s go over the basics in this step-by-step breakdown of finding the right dentist!
What To Look For When Choosing Your Next Dentist
A dentist has a lot of roles (and cavities!) to fill. They should be someone you can place your confidence in, makes you feel comfortable, and is just plain good at their job! So it’s no wonder that trying to find a new dentist can at first seem intimidating. The following considerations may help in your search:
How convenient is the office to get to from your job or home?
How compatible are the office hours with your schedule?
If you do have dental benefits, is the dentist a part of your coverage plan?
Will fees be given upfront before treatment begins?
What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer?
What is the dentist’s policy regarding missed appointments?
How up-to-date are they regarding new technology and techniques?
Where did they study and how long have they been practicing?
If I have an emergency outside of office hours, has the dentist arranged for a referral?
Will my dental record be recorded in a permanent file?
If you’re comparison shopping, ask for an estimate cost of a few basic procedures such as a full-mouth X-ray or filling a cavity.
Let The Search Begin!
Now that you’ve brushed up on some basic questions to keep in mind during your search, let’s explore your options in finding your future dentist.
You’ve probably driven by plenty of dentist’s offices and seen their signs or noticed ads online or even on social media, but having so many options doesn’t make the search for the right dentist any easier. One of the best methods is to do it the old fashioned way – ask someone you know and trust for a recommendation. If you’re moving, you can even ask your current dentist for their suggestion.
Another tool at your disposal is the ADA (American Dental Association) website which provides a Find-A-Dentist option to locate a dentist in your location. The ADA ensures that its dentists stand by a code of ethics that in turn helps ensure that you are in good hands.
The Meet And Greet
If you have a dentist in mind but aren’t completely sure, schedule a consultation time to meet the dentist and staff before making an appointment! This isn’t uncommon so don’t be shy in asking for this. A dentist is going to be in your life for a long time and it needs to be someone that you are 100% sure about.
Doing this will also allow you to see how comfortable you feel face-to-face, how welcoming, warm, and tidy their office is or isn’t, and how friendly the staff is before committing. Be sure to also bring your questions on your phone or a print out!
If you live in the Bothell area be sure to stop by Creekside Dental and say hi!