Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist

Post  natashachamberlin on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:46 am

Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a dentist is a very personal matter. After all, what one person likes in a dentist, another may detest. In order to find the dental practitioner that is right for you consider these important factors:
Your Comfort Level

Think about what you like and dislike in a dentist. Do you prefer someone who caters to cowards, showing empathy, concern, and a degree of calm; or would you rather have a blunt and practical dentist who tells it like it is and gets the job done in the most efficient manner? It’s important that you feel comfortable with whatever dentist you choose, so be sure to look for one with the personality and style that best matches your needs and expectations.

The Services You Need

Some people don’t mind going to a dental specialist for some procedures; while others prefer to have everything done by one dental practitioner. Get a complete list of all services a particular dentist offers before choosing one to service your dental needs.

Insurance Coverage

If finances are an issue, be sure that any dentist you choose accepts the insurance you carry, or is willing to work out a payment plan for large scale and expensive services. Be sure that you understand their payment policies before making an appointment.

Quality of Service

Be sure to check references when searching for a new dentist. Talk to current and past patients if possible, or at the very least ask around town to see what other people are saying about his/her service, attitude, office staff, and more.

Office Location/Hours If you can’t stand driving an hour to get to the dentist, then you’ll want to look for one closer to home that offers business hours convenient to your own schedule. Another good thing to learn about is the dentist’s emergency care policy including what you do if you need emergency dental care after hours, on the weekends, holidays, or while the dentist is on vacation. Does his office have a fill-in provider or will you have to wait for treatment?

Whether you are moving to a new area, changing insurance carriers, or simply are dissatisfied with your current dental provider, finding a new dentist can take time and a bit of research. Use the tips listed above to help you find just the right dental specialist for you.

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