Plus Important Questions to Ask Before Your First Visit
Whether you’ve moved to a new area or you’re not pleased with your current dentist or dental care, it can be stressful and challenging to search for a new dentist provider. In this article, we want to help you avoid the headaches of a dentist search and show you how to find a dentist you like.
1. Decide what you are looking for in a dentist.
Everyone is different and may have different needs when visiting a dentist. At Peace Haven Family Dentistry, we take the time to get to know each patient and provide the best dental care possible during each visit. Here is a list of qualities you may want to look for when selecting a dentist.
- Friendly and relatable
- Gets you in and out quickly
- Good chairside manner
- Informative and educational
- Flexible hours
- Clean office space
- Convenient payment options
- Doesn’t push additional services
- Answers questions
If you are like most people, you probably want a combination of most of the above qualities. Your needs for a dentist may be different from someone else’s. And whether or not you enjoy going to the dentist, you want to find the right person who makes you comfortable and ensures that you are receiving the best possible dental care.
2. Ask for referrals from people you know.
There’s no better recommendation than a word-of-mouth referral. Believe us, if someone has had a good experience, they will let you know. And if they’ve had a bad experience somewhere, they’ll let you know that as well.
- Your current dentist (if you are moving)
- Your family doctor
- Your local or state dental society (ADA)
3. Look for reviews online.
Online reviews tend to be pretty honest and trustworthy. You can use online reviews as a primary or secondary tool in your search for a new dentist.
- Other professional sites
4. Schedule a visit!
The only way to truly find out if a dentist is right for you is to schedule a visit. For your first visit, you may want to try scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning or right after lunch. That way, you won’t catch your dentist when they may be running behind for the morning or afternoon.
BONUS: Questions to Ask Before Your First Visit
You may be able to determine if a dentist fits your needs before you visit. We’ve compiled this list of quick questions you can ask before your first visit. Also, be sure to let the dentist know in advance if you have any special needs. You’ll want to ensure that they can accommodate you and help make you as comfortable as possible.
- What insurance plans do you accept?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- Do you offer payment plans?
- What are your office hours?
- Are you available after hours or on weekends for dental emergencies?
- How long have you been in practice?
- Where did you study dentistry?
- What are your qualifications to practice dentistry?
- Are there different options (materials) for fillings, dental implants, and dentures?
- What kind of anesthesia is offered at your office?
- Are there amenities, such as TV or music?
- How do you help those who may be nervous about going to the dentist?
- Do you provide dental care for both adults and children?
- Does your office frequently work with children?
- Is your technology up to date?