Should I Look For When Choosing a
You and your dentist will be
long-term oral health care partners;
therefore, you should find someone
you can be comfortable with. To find
a suitable dentist to meet your
needs, consider asking the following
questions as a starting point:
- What are the office
hours? Are they convenient for
- Is the office easy to get
to from work or home?
- Where was the dentist
educated and trained?
- What's the dentist's
approach to preventive
- How often does the
dentist attend conferences and
continuing education workshops?
- What type of anesthesia
is the dentist certified to
administer to help you relax and
feel more comfortable during any
necessary dental treatment?
- What arrangements are
made for handling emergencies
outside of office hours? (Most
dentists make arrangements with
a colleague or emergency
referral service if they are
unable to tend to emergencies.)
- Is information provided
about all fees and payment plans
before treatment is scheduled?
If you are comparison shopping,
ask for estimates on some common
procedures such as full-mouth
X-rays, an oral exam and
cleaning, and filling a cavity.
- Does the dentist
participate in your dental
- What is the dentist's
office policy on missed