It can be tricky to find the right dentist for you. If you live in Halifax, Atlantic Dental Centre might be the best choice for you! Here, our Halifax dentists explain how to choose the right dentist.
When looking for a new dentist, you probably want to find someone who is qualified and compassionate with their patients. However, there are a number of factors to consider when selecting a dentist. Below, our Halifax dentists highlight some of these important factors.
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. You can ask your family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and ask if they recommend any of them. Based on their recommendations, you can do your own research into each one.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
One of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with a potential dentist. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Location and office hours are surprisingly overlooked by many people seeking dentists. It might not seem like a big difference to go to a dentist that's 5 minutes away versus 30 minutes away because you don't plan on going to the dentist more than a couple times a year anyway. However, your dentist being in an accessible location and with office hours that work with your schedule can be pertinent. It's better to pick an option that is both quality and convenient.
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Atlantic Dental Centre at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.