Moving to a new place entails a number of intertwined tasks. On top of the packing and coordinating with movers, your change of address comes with a long list of to-do items that all need your attention immediately. But there is one thing that most people neglect to do when moving to a new place, and that is finding a dentist. Your dental healthcare should be prioritized, which means that you need to find an accessible dental office in your new location. Here are tips for finding the perfect dentist for you.

1. Check for ADA Certification.

The American Dental Association is a professional organization that promotes quality dental health to the public. Certification from the ADA encourages the dentist to comply with a code of professional and ethical conduct when providing services to patients. Dentists have to pass assessments from the ADA to receive this certification. If you need a new dentist, check if he/she is ADA-certified. The ADA website provides a Find a Dentist tool for your reference.

2. Get Recommendations From Trusted Sources.

A great dentist will not have any trouble finding patients. If you want to know where the best dental office is in your new location, ask friends, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, community leaders, or even your new landlord. You could also check recommendations online, especially through social media. You could find groups in your locality that could offer information about a reliable dental professional in your area.

3. Schedule an Appointment.

A good rule of thumb to follow when looking for a new dentist is to set an appointment first just to get to know how the dentist works. During the consultation, observe the clinic, equipment, staff, procedures, etc. Ask questions from the staff and the dentist, particularly about issues and concerns that you have. Maybe you have a fear of syringes or are concerned about insurance coverage. “The initial consultation is a great opportunity to discuss these things with your dentist,” according to drkaltio.com. To get the best choice, set an appointment with at least three dentists in your area. When you are done with all three, you can make a decision on which professional to choose.

4. Consider What Your Family Members Need.

Each member of your family may have different needs. Keep these in mind when looking for a new dentist. Consider their ages, preferences, and other special requirements. If you have a young child, for example, you might need someone who is trained in pediatric dentistry. If there is a family member who needs braces, you need a dentist who has had training and experience in orthodontics.

5. Get Your Old Records.

Now is a good time to ask your old dentist to have your dental records sent to the new dentist. The content of the records, including checkups, x-rays, cosmetic procedures undertaken, medications, and surgeries performed are important to your new dentist. This information will be invaluable to determine how best to approach any dental concern you may have now and in the future.

6. Make the First Evaluation.

Even after you have already chosen a dentist, you still need to evaluate his/her services. This will help you verify if your choice is the best. To make the first evaluation, schedule a routine dental cleaning. This is a simple, very basic dental procedure that all dentists are trained to do.

When you visit the dental office, observe how the staff greets and treats you. Very often, the way the staff treats its patients is indicative of the quality of care that the dental office offers. Take note of how they accept and meet appointments, how they treat other patients, and how quickly they can reply to inquiries. You should also take note of the following:

– The appearance of the dental office (location, cleanliness, orderliness, equipment, etc.)
– The dentist’s chairside manner
– The staff’s behavior and treatment of patients
– The dental equipment and accessories

When you are talking to the dentist and staff, observe if they listen to you and value your input. The dentist should also give you sound advice. For example, if he/she tells you to brush twice every day using a toothpaste, does he/she recommend a trusted brand?

Never treat choosing a new dentist lightly. You want someone who is not only a skilled and experienced professional but also a partner who can help you achieve your best health, especially in your new home.

There is little question that selecting the right dentist to serve you and your family is simply such an important decision to be made. So in making that decision, just what should you be seeking in evaluating dentists?

The American Dental Association or ADA offer the following suggestions:

  • Get some recommendations from family members, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
  • Check with your local pharmacist or family doctor.
  • If you are relocating your home, seek a recommendation from the dentist you have currently been seeing.
  • Get in touch with your state or local dental society. On its consumer website which is www.mouthhealthy.org, a list of state and local dental societies is provided by the ADA. You may also find some suggestions listed in the telephone directory under either “associations” or “dentists” for state and local dental societies.
  • The ADA also suggests that before you make your selection, you visit or call more than only one dentist.

All of these suggestions are very valuable and important to be thought through, but when taking into consideration your healthcare plan and daily life activities, what are some other things you should be thinking about in the selection process for finding the best dentist for you?

We have put together a list of 10 important things for you to ponder in your determination to make the proper choice:

Get started by making up a list of three to four dentists based on several things:

1) To all insurance providers, do they submit claims?

If you receive a high recommendation for a dentist from a family member or a friend, but he is out of your network, get in touch with their office and inquire whether or not they submit claims to all insurance providers. The majority of dentists do, making this question so important to be posed before you would eliminate them from your list.

2) For non-insured patients, do they offer any other payment options?

A very big consideration for you should you not currently carry dental insurance will be whether the practice does or does not offer any other options of financing such as Springstone or Credit Care. You must remember that paying up front is what is demanded by many practices, so having a method to pay for the services needed will make certain you receive whatever treatments are necessary.

3) Do they belong to a professional association like the American Dental Association or perhaps the Wisconsin Dental Association?

As a condition of membership in the association, ADA members agree to abide by the ADA Code, which has three primary components. Included in these components are The Principles of Ethics, The Advisory Opinions, and the Code of Professional Conduct. You can go to the WDA Code of Ethics to gain further information.

4) What are the location of the office and their hours of practice?

Does this office and the timing of their practice fit in with your schedule? Are they located anywhere close to either your work or your home? Are they available to you either early in the morning or later in the afternoon or evening? Always remember that making it to your regular appointments is critical to your efforts to maintain healthy teeth and gums, so the location and hours available are simply so important to you.

5) Are any new patient specials offered by the practice and do they offer anything to current patients that show their appreciation for their business?

For new patients, there are a lot of practices that do extend some sort of introductory discount on exams and cleanings. And very often these practices have some sort of promotion they also offer to current patients that show them their appreciation for their ongoing business.

Well, now that you have put together a little list, the next step is to call prospective candidates, ask whatever questions you have on your mind, and perhaps make an appointment to check out the facility and then meet the dentist in person. At that point, here are some things to look for and ask about:

6) To help the patient feel more comfortable in the chair, what is the dentist’s approach?

You also want to know just what sort of anesthesia the dentist is certified to administer to you.

7) You would like to know just what continuing education and ongoing training the doctors participate in so you are comfortable that they are up on dental cares latest advancements.

8) In the case of an emergency, just what happens?

Does the practice have emergency hours in place, or would you be referred to another place if one should occur?

9) Are plans for treatment discussed up front and costs for these plans explained?

You will want to know at the start just how many visits will be involved in your treatment, how much they will cost, and just how long everything will take. Besides, you want to be certain that any other questions you have are answered and explained to you.

10) Carefully look the office over.

Is the office reasonably neat and orderly? Is the staff welcoming and friendly? During patient treatment, are dentist and staff wearing protective gear and gloves?

Don’t put off the important dental care you need because of a dental phobia.

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Once you’ve experienced the benefits of sedation dentistry, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to make the appointment. Ask us about conscious sedation to help relieve the stress of some cosmetic dentistry procedures. We also provide dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and wisdom teeth.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can help restore your healthy smile!

You know about the importance of regular dental visits, but if a dental phobia is keeping you from enjoying good oral health, it’s time to talk to Athens sedation dentist Dr. Vincent. Ask us about conscious sedation to help relieve the stress of some cosmetic dentistry procedures. We also provide dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and wisdom teeth.

Sedation dentistry is the perfect choice for those who experience overwhelming dental anxiety because, with a range of options, you’ll be completely relaxed and care-free throughout your next dental appointment.

Don’t let your fear of the dentist stand in the way of your dental health. At Blake M. Vincent, D.D.S. we believe that everyone deserves a bright, clean, natural-looking smile without worrying about the potential stress and pain of dental treatments.

We understand the needs of people who fear the dentist and do our best to help you feel at ease while you receive your much needed dental treatment.