Knowing what questions to ask can help you to feel more comfortable and know that your new dentist is going to be the right fit.
How Hard is it to Get a Dental Appointment?
Knowing how hard it will be to get an appointment at your new dentist's office is important. If you already have a hectic schedule, trying to find an appointment in an already busy office can be impossible.
You should be visiting your dentist at least twice a year, but if you can never make an appointment within an appropriate timeframe, it may not work out very well.
How Do You Handle Dental Emergencies?
You can't plan for everything. Sometimes dental emergencies - chipping a tooth or losing a crown - happen. And when it does, you need to know how your dentist's office can help you handle it. Do they have extended hours, or an emergency number you can call?
Do You Offer Sedation?
Many patients fear the dentist, and having to go to a new one can make the experience that much scarier. Ask your new dentist if they offer any type of sedation - nitrous oxide or oral sedatives - to help you deal with your anxiety.
Who Else Might Treat Me?
Many dental offices have more than one dentist on staff. While some might not mind who treats them whenever they go, it might be important to you to know anyone who is going to be handling your oral care. Ask if you can meet other dentists, or find out if you can have the same one see you every time.
Having a good relationship with your dentist is a key component in maintaining your oral health. Be sure to ask as many questions as you need to make sure that you are going to be comfortable and satisfied with the office.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.