SELECTING A DENTIST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
There are many factors that one should use when
selecting a family dentist. While many people select one based upon convenience, referral service, yellow pages,
location, or referral from a family member or friend,
one should also consider the
following when selecting a dentist for a long term
health care provider relationship.
- How long has the dentist been in
- Will they work with my insurance company to
maximize my dental benefits?
- Is the dentist a member of the
- Do they practice curent infection control
procedures at their office?
- Am I offered different options for
- Is the dentist available for after-hours
- Are the facilities neat and
- Is the referral source one that can be
- Does the dentist do a variety of procedures
"in-office" or will I be referred out for many procedures?
- What hours are they open?
- Do they treat children?
- Does the dentist involve the patient in the
treatment planning phase?
- Do you need special assistance or care such as
wheelchair access, nitrous oxide, pre-medication, etc.?
NOTE: While these are factors that one might wish to include when selecting a dentist,
the decision is a personal one and you need to be comfortable with the dentist you choose. It is their responsibility to let you know the answers
to these questions as well as explain the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment options that are presented to you. In addition, you have
a right to know the cost in advance and have the procedure explained in a way that you can understand it.