We might not like the idea of a dentist drilling into our teeth, but let’s face it, dental care is one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life. So out of the many family dentists you might find on Google or the yellow pages, how do you know which family dentist Seattle is right for you? Every person has their own unique needs, but here are a set of ground rules that apply to everyone, which you can use while looking for a new family dentist.
Cost: One of the deciding factors is whether you can afford the dentist at all. Be sure, however, not to compromise the quality of dental care you receive in the hopes of getting a better bargain. When deciding whether a certain dentist is within your budget, consider how many times you’d need to visit him/her in a year and what the cost of that would be. Do you go in for a check-up religiously every month or prefer a three-month visitation routine? Based on that, make your choice.
Location and hours: Your friends might recommend the best doctor in the state, but if his/her clinic is located at the other end of the city, and you have to leave early from office to make your appointments, that’s hardly a convenient long-term solution. Instead, look for someone whose working hours suit you and whose clinic is easily accessible.
Qualifications: Don’t shy away from looking up your family dentist’s qualifications on Google or asking him/her directly. It might seem nosy or like you’re questioning your dentist’s authority. As someone who will be receiving care from him/her, however, you are within your rights to know where they went to school and classes they are taking to update their skills. Like in any profession, a good dentist never stops learning. So feel free to ask as many questions – after all you don’t want just anyone giving you a root canal!
Ask your friends: Sure, there’s ratings on Google, but nothing beats a personal recommendation from someone you trust. Reach out to your friends and relatives and let them know you’re on the look out for a dentist. Your loved ones know your personality (whether you get squeamish during a tooth extract or freeze whenever a doctor asks you a question) and based on that could suggest a dentist suited to your personal.
Review your first appointment: So you went for your first appointment and got that cavity filled. Is the job over? No! Even though you probably wouldn’t want to look back on the experience, it’s helpful to do so. Did the doctor’s manner make you feel comfortable, how was the aftercare and did the rest of the staff treat you well? Factors like these will impact how willing you’d be to revisit the place. If the experience made you cringe, don’t stop looking for a dentist better suited to your needs.
Going to the dentist is never a walk in the park, but finding the person who’s right for you can make the experience much better. Follow these points and half the struggle on your quest to find better dental care should be over.