Searching for a new dentist always feels like a big hurdle, but thinking ahead and knowing what to look for can make it a lot easier and less worrisome, and can also help you to find exactly what you’re looking for in your new dentist. Here are some tips for when you’re picking a new dentist and want to find the very best match for your needs.
Make a List of Routine and Recommended Care
Picking a new dentist shouldn’t feel like you’re stepping out into uncertainty. Take matters into your own hands and write out a list of the routine care you usually receive such as cleanings and exams, as well as any recommended care or treatments your last dentist may have mentioned or that you’re interested in pursuing. This will help you to find a new dentist who can meet your expectations.
It can also be helpful to add to the list anything that may make visits or procedures easier, for example, if the dentist can provide a calm atmosphere, sensitivity around sensory issues to sounds and understanding of cognitive challenges to help make your visits more comfortable and pleasant. Every dentist may not meet all the criteria on your list, so prioritize your list to decide which things are must-haves in a new dentist, and which things may be desirable but optional.
Launch Your Search
As soon as you have your list, you’re ready to start looking for a new dentist. Picking a new dentist can take some time, so be patient. Helpful ways to search for a dentist include searching online, looking in the yellow pages and asking friends, family or neighbors for recommendations of dentists they’ve had good experiences with.
Schedule a Meet and Greet
When you’ve found a dentist or a few dentists that sound like they may be a good fit for your needs, call to schedule a meet and greet so that you can meet the dentist and tour the dental office. It’s always helpful to meet face to face and get a feel for the environment without any pressure during the first visit. It may be helpful to bring along your list or a list of questions to ask your new dentist about any care or treatment you’ll be receiving.
Choosing the Right Fit
Ultimately, picking a new dentist is something that needs to feel right, so take your time, and choose what makes you feel truly comfortable. Your relationship with your dentist is important and it will take time and experience to build it, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you need and find a dentist who will make you feel listened to and understood.
Call our Cornerstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.