If you’re lucky, you should only have to see your dentist twice a year. Even with seldom visits, it is crucial that you trust your dentist and feel comfortable in their care. If you are new to the area or looking for a change, here are some tips to help in choosing a dentist that is right for you.
This is a big decision, you should take your time. Do an online search to find all the prospects in your area. Take proximity, available hours, and services offered into account. Once you have narrowed it down to the offices in your area that could work for you, ask your friends and family for their input. A recommendation from your family doctor could help point you in the right direction as well.
2. Consult Your Insurance
It can be heartbreaking to do all the work choosing a dentist perfect for you, only to find out that the office is ‘out of network’ or not covered by your insurance. Trust me the only root canal that is really painful, is one you have to pay out of pocket for. If you don’t have dental insurance, add that to your research plan. Ask your local dentists about their payment plans for the uninsured.
3. Meet & Greet
It isn’t enough for a dentist to be skilled, they need to be personable too. Schedule a consult with your top contenders. This is a great way to feel things out and get some of your questions answered. If you have kids, bring them along to the consult. It is always a good idea to have your little ones meet the dentist before they are armed with their tools.
4. Tour the Office
Along with your consult, ask to look around a bit. The dentist isn’t the only one who matters. Talk with the receptionist, hygienists, and assistants if you can. Make sure you get a real feel for the place before making your final decision.
5. Make your Decision
Narrow down your choices and schedule your appointment. Remember, nothing is set in stone. If you have a terrible experience at your first appointment, there is no contract saying you must schedule there again. However, I’m sure your hard work will pay off and lead to you a great dentist you can trust.
Choosing a dentist is stressful, but no worries because your search is over! Let Eagle Rock Dental Care take care of you and your family. We have dedicated our professional careers to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer by continually educating ourselves on the latest dental techniques and approaches. Contact us any time with your questions. When you are ready to come sit in our chairs, you can simply request your appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!