July 02 2019 by Refresh Dental
Regular checkups with a dentist are essential for maintaining good oral health. A key part of maintaining your regular dentist visits is finding a good dentist that you can build a relationship with and can trust.
So, if you have moved and are looking for a new West Edmonton dentist, don't have a dentist currently, or just want to try out a new dentist, here are 5 things to look for during the selection process.
1) Payment Options
When comparing different dental clinics, it is important to consider the financial logistics.
Do they take your dental insurance? This is a critical question as it will affect how much you pay out of pocket.
It is also a good idea to check whether the dentist accepts different payment options (credit cards, payment plans, etc.).
When choosing a Dentist, it is important to ensure that their services are accessible to you. It can be tricky enough to carve out the time in your calendar to visit the dentist. Make things easier on yourself by choosing a dentist that is convenient for you.
Take into consideration whether their office hours work with your schedule. You might find yourself in a tough situation later if you select a dentist who is only open while you are at work and your children are in school. You may want to look for a dentist that offers evening and weekend appointments.
If your schedule changes frequently on short notice, find out how long it usually takes to get an appointment and whether this will work for you.
If you have a family, you might be interested in using the same dental clinic for all family members. Ask the clinic whether they welcome children and whether they offer child dentistry.
3) Dental Office & Staff
When searching for a new dentist, it is important to visit the dental clinic in person. During your visit, observe whether the office is neat and orderly. Check equipment and surfaces – do they look clean and well taken care of?
Use your visit to the clinic as an opportunity to get to know the staff. Do they answer your questions willingly and courteously? Are you treated well when you arrive? Do you feel comfortable in the overall atmosphere of the environment? Do feel like you were served in a reasonable time? These are all important indicators of the quality of service you could expect to receive at that clinic in the future.
4) Dentist Interaction
A dentist will be the most impactful part of your experience. Ensure you take the time to meet and chat with the dentist.
During your meeting, ask the dentist about their approach to dental treatments. Do they mention preventive dentistry? Or do they emphasize cosmetic dentistry? Have a good idea about what is important to you and see how the dentist's priorities align.
While speaking to your dentist, take note of whether they seem to listen to you and take your concerns seriously. Do they respond in a clear manner? Do you feel comfortable around them?
5) Professional Qualifications
Don't hesitate to ask the dentist or their staff about professional qualifications.
In order to practice dentistry in Alberta, a dentist must be registered with the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) and must demonstrate specific credentials. Ask the dentist whether they are registered with ADA&C and about their education.
Many dentists do not stop learning once they graduate from dental school. They keep up with the latest developments in their field by taking courses, attending conferences, or going to workshops. Ask how the dentist stays up to date.
Just like any other doctor, you want to make sure you put in the time to get to know your new dentist. Choosing a dentist might not seem like a big deal, but remember, dental care is a very personal service and ideally you want this relationship to last a while.
If you are looking for a dentist in West Edmonton, contact Refresh Dental. Our team of dentists is here to ensure your mouth looks and feels great. With our customer service and friendly atmosphere, we can put a smile on your face!
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