The Reputation of the Dentist
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Reach out to family and friends as a great source of information about potential dentists in the area. Online reviews can also help you learn more about what to expect.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
The Way the Dentist Makes You Feel
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. You may want to think about the following when meeting with a new dentist for the first time:
- Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions?
- Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing to them?
- Do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
- Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Services That Are Offered
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
For specific dental needs, it may be ideal to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Office Location and Schedule
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
Accessibility at the Dental Office
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Available Financial Options
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Ease of Scheduling Appointments
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
The Office Appearance
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Access Dental at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
How the Dentist Approaches Dental Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Our Dental Office at Access Dental
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. please reach out if you would like to learn more about what we have to offer.