What is Reliable Dental Care?
A qualified and trustworthy dental care provider should, first and foremost, be able to answer any questions in a calm and confident manor. It is your right as a patient to be reassured when you have anxieties regarding daunting or even regular procedures. Further, it is the duty of the dentist – the duty of any healthcare provider, really – to build a relationship with that is empathetic and caring. With that said, let’s jump in to some tips and tricks to find the right dentist for you.
Minimize the Commute
The first thing to do is make sure that your dentist is near you. We are all busy individuals and spending hours in the car when we have errands to run is the last thing we want to be doing.
Meet and Greet
Once you think you’ve found a good dentist, the next step is to drive yourself down there and meet them! First impressions are crucial and can often give away important facets of a individual’s personality. Many dental offices allow you to book free consultations; this is something you should definitely take advantages.
Some things to note while meeting your prospective dentist are:
- Is he confident in his profession?
- Does he answer your questions sufficiently?
- Does his communication style suit yours?
- The last one is particularly important. If English is not your first language and a language that you do not feel comfortable speaking, make sure that you and your dentist are capable of interfacing properly. If need be, consider bringing a translator with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some questions to ask include:
1. Do you accept dental insurance?
Dental procedures can be quite costly and dental coverage can go a long way in making sure that you can afford them.
2. How often should I come in for regular appointments?
The standard is 6 months but they can vary upon individual needs. Some people, particularly those with dental implants, braces or other extensions upon their mouth, need to come in for frequent visits.
3. How do I transfer my records?
If this isn’t your first dental care provider, it is crucial to make sure that your new one has access to all your records.
If you think you need a dental exam, or would like to inquire more about certain procedure, call our office today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.