If you’re in the market for a new dental provider you might be wondering how to go about finding the right one. Well, you’re in luck.
Today, we are going to cover the 4 tips for choosing the right dentist. Use these tips to help you sort through the myriad options in your local area and find the best dentist for you.
Let’s get started.
Ask your neighbors/friends for recommendations
This is one of the most fundamental, and easiest, options for finding a provider who patients enjoy working with. Use your friends and neighbors as a resource to find out more about the local providers. Ask them about personality, office atmosphere, and how gentle the dental hygienists are. These will all be important factors that will impact your experience. You can also look for dentists who are members of professional associations such as the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, or any other local organization.
Find out what’s nearby
Going to the dentist, or any doctor for that matter, is not usually a fun experience. With that in mind, try to find a provider who is located close to your home or work. The idea is to find something that’s convenient for you. You definitely don’t want to have to go out of your way to visit the dentist. For example, I live in Michigan and my closest provider is Ann Arbor Smiles Dentistry. It’s easy for me to get there, and I don’t view it as a chore when I have to go in for a visit.
Understand your dental insurance
The choice you make in regard to which dentist you see may be heavily influenced by the type of insurance that you have. If you have a dental HMO plan you will likely be quite limited to a certain set of providers. A PPO will be less restrictive, but you still need to take into account which providers are preferred in the network as this can impact co-payments and other insurance coverage levels.
Set up a consultation visit
One of the best things you can do to get first hand experience with a provider is to set up a consultation. This is sort of like a “test drive” in that you get to meet the dentist in person without really having a full on dental visit. It’s more of a get to know you type of thing where the dentist will tell you what he thinks you need to have done. You can then make an informed decision about whether you want to return to him/her in the future.
I hope these tips have helped!