Not All Dentist Are the same…. Choosing the Right Dentist
Choosing a dentist is not always easy. If you were like me, I had the same dentist for 20 years. Most likely you’re new to the area and it’s time to pay a visit to the dentist. So where do you start?
I would start by asking you the following questions. What are your needs and expectations? Remember, all dentists are not the same. Their philosophies and qualifications can differ tremendously.
My first suggestion is to ask someone you trust. Friends will also be honest. If you’re new to the area it’s not always as easy. Start by calling a few dentists and get a feel for the office by your initial contact. Pay a surprise visit and introduce yourself to the staff and if possible the doctor. You will find those offices that really care about their patients will be excited about your visit.
While visiting the office pay attention to the atmosphere around you. Is it a friendly and comfortable environment? Nothing gives me more pride than watching new patients interact with my existing clients. I often get to witness my patients telling someone new what a great place our office is.
Take the time if possible to inquire about the doctor’s credentials. As dentistry becomes more specialized in many areas along with the evolution of techniques and technology, not all dentists are capable of providing the services they market or promote. Be cautious, many dentists will promote themselves as cosmetic and implant dentists with little understanding and training in these areas. Our office takes pride in displaying our diplomas throughout the office along with before and after of our clients. Testimonies and references are readily available to qualify our office as well.
How important is your time? Inquire about the waiting period once you have arrived at the office for your scheduled appointment. Well-organized offices will have you waiting no more than five to ten minutes. I feel very strongly that patients if on time should not have to wait at all. Your time should be viewed as valuable as the doctor’s time. I often wonder why I have a waiting room because our clients seldom wait beyond their appointed time.
I’m sure there is no debate that dental work can be quite expensive at times. What kind of financial options are available. A good office will have flexible payment services available. Our office offers payment in full with an additional 5% courtesy, payment insulations as you go, or third party financing with either 6 months interest free or a low monthly interest rate with payments spread out over five years.
As a final thought, consider how much time the doctor spends educating you on your dental health. It’s important that the patient is empowered with the proper knowledge to make decisions for themselves. There are many different treatment options available to correct dental problems. Until the patient has been educated properly, they cannot possible make the best-informed decision.
Choosing a new dentist takes research and time.
Our motto is, “ Every new patient is entitled to an honest assessment of their dental health with the patients interest at stake not ours. Every patient is entitled to our no wait policy because your time is as valuable as ours. Every patient should expect the highest level of dental care available because the new millennium of dental care is here.”