Choosing a new dentist can be a hard choice to make without proper information. Listed below are some tips on what to look for when searching for a new dentist.
One of the first things you should look for in choosing a dentist is the location of the practice. You should choose the location of the office based on what works best with your schedule so getting to and from appointments is a breeze. choose a dental office that closes to your home or work. This can also be beneficial if you suffer from dental anxiety because it can make the drive to the appointment shorter and less stressful.
Hours of operation
Before you schedule an appointment you should speak with a receptionist or even check online to confirm the office’s days and hours of operation. Be sure to look for times and days that work well with both your personal and professional lives. Finding a dentist who offers an after-hours line if you have a dental emergency can also be very helpful for certain situations.
Comfort and confidence
The dentist, office, and staff you choose to go with should make you feel as comfortable as possible before, during and after your appointment.
Ask yourself these questions to gauge your comfort level:
- Is the office tidy, clean and well-organized?
- Do you have a good rapport with the dentist?
- Do you feel your dentist listens to your concerns and respond appropriately?
- Do you trust them to suggest dental decisions in your best interest?
Some dentists are known to take extra measures to help you feel comfortable during an appointment. They might play relaxing music or nature sounds and others might have a TV in the exam room ceiling. Never hesitate to ask a staff member or the dentist what accommodations they offer to reduce your anxiety.