You are picking more than just someone to inspect your teeth every once in a while over the year. You are wanting a person you know you can trust, that you are sure has your oral health and needs under consideration at all times. When selecting a great dental office, it is usually for the remainder of your life.
This is not the sort of decision that ought to be taken lightly. You would never randomly select a doctor off of a list to perform serious surgery or to take care of you when you get sick. While it may not seem as important as a physical-health doctor, selecting the proper dentist for you is a pivotal decision for your long-term health.
Maybe you only visit your doctor when something goes wrong or feels off, but a dentist is a person you should routinely visit several times per year — and every single year! — and their professionally trained eye can alert you to far more than simply oral health. Visits to the dentist have taken a bad rap over the years, but at Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates Family Dentistry, we guarantee when you pick a strong dentist, seeing them is not a chore!
So we’ve put together this blog to aid in your search to find a strong dentist so you have a place to feel comfortable and welcomed for as long as you have teeth, which with the proper dentist, should be a very long time! We completely believe that we are that dental office for you, but for good measure, here are a few things to consider and look for and make the selection yourself!
Start With the Basics
There is no need to make this process more complicated than it needs to be, so always begin at the basics. Chiefly, which dental offices will accept the dental insurance coverage you carry? You do not want to pick a great dentist only to discover they do not fall within your coverage’s acceptable offices and then begin the search all over again. So be sure to keep these factors in your initial search:
- Is the dentist in-network for your dental insurance coverage?
- How does the office accept payment? Do they take personal checks or other forms of payment you might use?
- What are the dentist’s qualifications? Are they a member of the American Dental Association or other reputable groups?
- Is the dental office near your home or job?
- What are their hours and will they work for you?
There can be several other questions and considerations to keep in mind for your particular circumstances, but these general principles tend to be areas you should pay attention to in order to guarantee there are no problems down the road. They also provide you a very sound baseline as to what is most important for you as you continue further into your scouting process!
Now that you have a much better idea of the things weighing heavily in your needs and selection, you can actually look around and see what your options are to begin forming a list of potential candidates. Thankfully, finding a dentist has never been easier:
- Beginning your search online is naturally the best method in today’s world. Search for dentists in your predetermined area and check out the reviews, website and anything else you deem valuable.
- Ask friends, relatives or co-workers that you trust and see which dentist you see. If they love them, you might too.
- If you have a local dental society, reach out to them for a dental office they recommend. They have a more intimate knowledge of the industry and can be great resources.
Remember, every person has specific dental care needs, and simply because a dental office was the correct fit for somebody else does not inherently translate into it working best for you and your needs! Try and rid your list of the candidates that clearly will not work out for you and create a smaller list to work with for the next steps in the process!
Schedule A Meeting
Alright, so remember that short list we mentioned just a minute (or paragraph we suppose) ago? Take it out and begin phoning around to set up a kind of meet-and-greet schedule at the dental offices you like. This provides you the opportunity to see the office in person and get to know the dentist much better, but minus the commitment of an actual service appointment if you do not feel comfortable with that step quite yet. Some things to scope for during the meeting might include:
- See if the office itself looks comfortable and inviting. Does the staff seem friendly and happy to have you there?
- Have the dentist explain a little bit of their background and the way they like to approach your dental care. They should be able to give you an outline of what oral care under their watchful eye would look like. Make a list of questions you would like to know about the dentist or the office. Being prepared never hurt anybody.
- Review your dental history with the dentist if you were previously at another office to give them a baseline understanding of your needs.
- Ask about insurance and if they are familiar with your plan or provider.
Any of these indicators are great things to pay attention to and store in your memory bank when scoping out the best dental office for you. Do not limit yourself to just our help tips alone, however. This is your decision in the end and nobody will understand what you require more than yourself!
Make A Selection
This is the best part! You performed all the due diligence of a responsible adult and are prepared to make the final selection for you and possibly your family. So it’s now the point where you select your new dentist and set up your appointment! A great dentist is your partner for all things teeth and oral health-related and should genuinely care about your needs and overall health as much as you certainly do — maybe even more!
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
And there is it! Everything you would require when looking and picking the best dental office for you is right there in front of you. The best-case scenario would be that all these steps to finding the perfect dentist for you are smooth and easy. And, by the way, we just so happen to know of a pretty darn great dentist near you already!
At Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates Family Dentistry, we understand what you should look for and desire when selecting a perfect dentist for you and your family. It would be an absolute honor if you provided us the chance to show you how we are the ideal dental office fit for you. So let us begin creating you and your family’s beautiful smiles now and contact us today and schedule an appointment!