How To Select A Dentist
One of the most painful aches to have is a tooth ache. Especially if you have not taken good care of your mouth and you have let the situation develop too far. That is why it is important to have a very good dentist taking care of your teeth. However, selecting one can be very difficult especially when you don’t have an idea of what you should look for in a qualified Dentist. Here are a few things that will help you with your search.
The first thing to do is to ask your friends and family for references. Neighbors or co-workers are also great reference points, and will be also warn you of any unqualified dentists in the area. You can also ask your family doctor, pharmacist or your current dentist for recommendations. If all else fails, calling your state dental society who will provide you with a list of the qualified professionals in your area.
You also need to ask yourself a few questions such as:
• What kind of work do you need? This will determine the kind of doctor you should visit. Whether it is cosmetic dentist, a pediatric dentist, an Endodontists, prosthodontist, orthodontist or a family doctor who will address issues for your entire family.
• What are their office hours? This is important so that you can determine if they are convenient with your schedule.
• What are the dentist’s education and training? This will ensure you get the best services.
• Is the dentist registered with your local dental society? This will ensure your fears about them not being qualified are dispelled.
• Does the dentist attend educational workshops or conferences to continually update himself about the latest techniques?
• What is his approach to preventive dentistry and what kind of anesthesia do they use?
• How easy is it to access the office from your home or the office, and what are the procedures for handling emergency situations outside official office hours? Usually they make arrangements with other dentists, or give reference to other dentists.
• What is the payment plan and what are the fees, charged for any work done?
• Patient Comfort: What are the office amenities set in place to make any treatment less antagonizing? And what technology does he use to make the procedures as painless and quick as possible.
• After treatment care and follow up. Does the doctor follow up on patients to make sure that they are doing well?
Once these questions are answered and you are comfortable with the dentist you have selected, you need to make a call or visit the office in person to ensure that you are comfortable with the amenities. Some of the things you may want to watch out for when you visit the office include:
a. Is the office clean and orderly? Are all the offices clean and sterile? This will ensure that you do not contract any other problems from visiting your dentist.
b. Is the staff helpful and friendly? This will give you confidence when making calls to cancel appointments or make them. A friendly staff also makes you comfortable and makes any treatment less scary. Especially if the treatment is for your children.
Once you are comfortable with the dentist’s qualifications, training and practices, and office, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.