In your mission to maintain oral health, it is very important to be able to trust your dentist and their recommendations. As such, if you are considering switching to a new dentist, you should take your time and carefully consider your options. Before deciding which dentist to choose, you should ask the following questions:
What services do you offer?
No two dental practices are alike. As such, it is a good idea to ask about each dentist’s service offerings before choosing the right option for you. Some practices may not have the tools or personnel needed to handle certain services – so you will need to decide how important those missing services are to your ongoing dental care.
What are your dental emergency policies?
Unfortunately, not all dental emergencies happen conveniently during your regular dental check-up appointment. As such, it is a good idea to get an understanding of your dentist’s emergency policies. You will likely find that many offices do not offer after-hours care or same-day appointments, while others will be able to handle a same-day procedure. Again, it is good to look into these policies to get an idea about whether your dentist will be able to take care of a dental emergency on short notice. At Millard Family Dentistry, we take pride in being able to accommodate our patients with same-day appointments when necessary.
What are your fees and payment policies?
Before deciding which dentist is right for you, it is important to get a good idea of their fees and payment policies. Ask them how much they charge for common procedures such as check-ups, cleanings, and cavity repair. In doing so, you should also find out how you will be expected to pay. While most will expect payment at the time of service, some offer in-office payment plans for patients without dental insurance. Millard Family Dentistry’s dental membership plan is designed to allow our patients without dental insurance confidently receive the dental care they need and deserve at an affordable cost.
Though choosing the perfect dentist isn’t easy, it is certainly worth your while. By asking the questions outlined in this article, you will be able to confidently choose a dentist with the experience, flexibility, and service offerings that you need.