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Before Visiting a Dentist
A good dentist is a vital part of keeping up with dental health. It’s likely that if you do not feel comfortable with your dentist, you will avoid routine check-ups and other necessary appointments. Use these tips as a guide when seeking a dentist.
Tips on Choosing a Dentist:
Ask for Suggestions. Ask friends, family members, and your primary care provider for recommendations. Check out the reputations of local dentists at bbb.org. Read the dentist’s reviews and complaints. Be sure to ask your insurance company or dental health care provider if there are specific dentists you must go to in order to receive coverage. If you are moving out of town, ask your current dentist for a referral.
Check Credentials. Ask if the dentist is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) or the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Members of these organizations are required to adhere to high ethical standards of conduct. Check your state’s board of registration to make sure the dentist is properly licensed.
Think About Accessibility. Find a dentist located near your home or workplace that is convenient to travel to for appointments. Find out if the dentist’s hours of operation work with your schedule. Ask how far in advance you must schedule appointments. Lastly, find out how quickly you could been seen in the case of an emergency.
Schedule a Consultation. Schedule consultations to meet with the prospective dentists. Ask how long the dentist has been practicing and if they participate in continuing education classes to stay current in their field. Make sure you feel comfortable with the dentist and they respond to all of your questions and concerns. Ask what procedures are performed in their office and which procedures are referred out to another location. Note if the office is clean and the staff members are friendly and polite. If you have children, look to see if the office is child-friendly and provides toys and books in the waiting area.
Ask How the Dentist Reduces Stress. Many patients avoid the dentist due to fear and anxiety. If you are one of these people, ask how the dentist will help you to relax and reduce your anxiety. Ask if the dentist is certified to administer nitrous oxide or other sedatives to make their patients comfortable during their appointments.