How To Choose Your New Dentist
There's no right answer when it comes to choosing a new dentist but we're here to give you some tips to make the process a little easier.
A Good Reputation
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are great for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is more important than you might think. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for some people, so it is important that you feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Services Available & Emergency Care
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs or Financing Options
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Ease of Scheduling
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
The Office Atmosphere
Is the dental office neat and tidy? Does the receptionists/administrative team welcome you and make you feel at ease?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Popp Dentistry at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
Their Approach to Dental Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist shares similar values to you. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, to see if they are a good fit.
Welcoming new patients in Aylmer
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Aylmer, we hope you’ll consider us!