Things to Consider When Shopping Around for a New Dentist
Posted on 3/30/2019 by Bryan Neu
Have you decided that your current dentist just isn't a good fit for you? Maybe you don't have a dentist and are ready to begin working with a professional to improve your oral health.
Regardless of the reason why you want a new dentist, it's important that you find someone you really connect with. Here are a few things to consider when you're shopping around for a new dentist.
Read Dental Reviews and Ask for Referrals
One of the first things many people do is ask friends, family members, and co-workers about their dentists. Getting a first-hand account from another patient can help you get an idea of whether or not you and the dental team will get along. You want to be sure you're working with a dentist you trust, but you also have to remember they're not the only person you'll be interacting with. You want to be sure you like the entire staff from the receptionist to the dental hygienist to the dentist. Reviews and referrals can help you learn about them before you even visit the office.
Accessibility How accessible is the office? This includes more than just location, although that is important. You don't want to drive long distances for every office visit, especially if you know you need a good amount of dental work. You also want to look at hours. Are appointments offered early in the morning or in the late afternoon/evening so you can schedule them around work? Are same-day appointments a possibility? What about weekend or emergency appointments?
Payment Plans While you shouldn't let cost prevent you from receiving dental care, it is often a concern. Does the office you're considering offer a payment plan that works for you? Are there discount options?
We hope you consider us when you're looking for a new dentist. If you are and have questions, please call us. We'll be glad to talk to you about everything from our staff and technology to our appointment-setting process and payment options.