You and your dentist will likely be long-term oral health partners. It is extremely important, therefore, finding someone you may be comfortable with.
In order to find a dentist that meet your needs, consider asking the following questions as a starting point:
- What would be the office hours? Are they suitable for your schedule?
- Is the office simple to get to from work or residence?
- Where was the dentist educated and trained?
- What is the dentist’s approach to preventative dentistry?
- How often does the dentist attend continuing education workshops and seminars?
- What kind of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer that will help you relax and feel ore comfortable during any mandatory dental treatment?
- Is information provided about all fees and payment plans before treatment is scheduled? If you’re comparison shopping, request approximations on some common processes for example total-mouth X-rays, an oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.
- What arrangements are created for managing emergencies outside office hours? (Most dentists make arrangements having a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to crises.)
- Does the dentist participate in your dental health plan?
- What is the dentist’s office policy on missed appointments?
When visiting a dentist’s office:
- Does the office look clean, neat, and organized? Do all surfaces and equipment in the procedure room appear clean?
- Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?
- Do you watch the dentist and staff wearing gloves and other protective gear during actual patient treatment?