Questions to Ask When Searching for a Family Dentist

October 23, 2018

As a parent, you want your family to have the best possible dental care—but with so many available options and subjective opinions, it can be overwhelming to select just one. Before making a final decision, ask each prospective dentist these key questions to ensure a good fit

  • What are the office hours? Do they offer evening and weekend appointments? This is especially important when both parents work full-time.
  • What ages does the practice treat? (Some dentists have a policy of only seeing children over a certain age, while some pediatric dentists don’t treat teens or adults.)
  • Is the office conveniently located in relation to your home or office?
  • Where did the dentist receive his medical education?
  • Does he or she participate in continuing education and dental conferences?
  • What is the dentist’s preferred method of anesthesia during procedures and surgeries?
  • What measures does the dentist take to ensure that patients are relaxed and comfortable? This is an essential question for those who experience fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist.
  • What is the dentist’s philosophy on preventive dentistry?
  • How does the office handle dental emergencies that occur outside of regular office hours?
  • Is the dentist within your dental insurance network?
  • If they perform additional services outside of the regular dental exam and cleaning, such as X-rays, ask about potential out-of-pocket charges.
    If you miss an appointment, will you be charged?
  • If you arrive a few minutes late, will you need to reschedule?

Clarify these policies. Once you’ve selected a dentist and made your first appointment, pay attention to these important details:

  • Is the office clean, updated, and well-appointed?
  • Does the equipment appear to be up-to-date and in good working order?
  • Are the dentist and hygienists friendly, accommodating, and patient?
  • Does the dental staff wear gloves and masks during exams and procedures?

Choosing a family dentist is an important decision that will impact the health and lifelong dental habits of everyone in the household. If you’re searching for a reliable, capable family dentist, we invite you to learn more about our practice.

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