Begin the Search
Call 877-2X-A-YEAR (877/292-9327). Or, ask for recommendations. Family, friends, neighbors or co-workers can be excellent sources, and can refer you to a dentist they feel comfortable visiting. Ask your family physician or local pharmacist. If you are moving, your current dentist may be able to make a recommendation, or write your local or state dental society. Ask your sources:
- What do they like about the office?
- What do they like about the dentist?
Start With a Consultation
Call or visit more than one dentist before making a decision. During a consultation, the dental office can be viewed and time can be taken to talk to the dentist about treatment options and treatment plans. This involves a great deal of communication. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Make sure you feel comfortable with the dentist and office atmosphere before scheduling an appointment.
- Does the dentist belong to a dental organization?
- Do they take continuing education?
- What dental procedures are completed in-office?
- What procedures will be referred out?
- Are they up-to-date with latest procedures?
Note Office Environment
It is important to develop a feel for the office atmosphere, especially if more than one family member will be visiting the dentist. Note your reaction to the welcoming reception.
Is staff personable?
- Do they spend enough time and answer your questions?
- Do they accommodate your schedule?
- Is there an office emergency line? Can they schedule emergencies the same day or the next day?
After the consultation, set up an appointment for a general exam, which consists of a cleaning, x-rays and medical health history. A good initial visit is a good indicator that the dental office may match you and your family's needs.
- Is the dentist and dental staff personable?
- Do they spend enough time and answer questions?
- Do they run on schedule and not make you wait too long?
- Do they ask your medical history?
- Do they demonstrate professionalism at all time?
- Are they honest, patient and compassionate?