Some things in life seem simple enough, but when it comes to being an adult, there are many things they never taught you in school. From doing your taxes to changing a tire – school leaves a lot of stuff out.
If you have recently come into ‘adulthood’ (welcome!) and asked yourself, “How do I find a dentist?” then you are in the right place! Today, we will show you four things you need to consider in order to choose a dentist that is right for you.
The first thing you should consider is whether or not you would like dental insurance, and if you choose to get it, what dentist nearby will accept it?
There is absolutely no point in having dental insurance if you end up with a dentist who does not accept it. You can find out if you are in a dentist’s network by conducting an online search through your dental insurance website, or by calling a dentist directly.
#2: When and Where
Most dentists are open during normal business hours, which means you may need to take an hour or so off of work in order to get those pearly whites clean! Leaving work can be stressful, though – choose a dentist who is close to your home and/or your job, or choose a dentist whose hours will allow you the flexibility you need.
#3: Recommendations and Reviews
If you complete numbers 1 and 2 and still have too many dentists to choose from, try asking around for recommendations. The dentist can be scary for some people. In fact, it is estimated that 30-40 million Americans fear the dentist! If you have dental anxiety, it may comfort you to know that a friend or family member has been to your new dentist and approves.
If you live far away from people you know, or if you are unable to find recommendations, try searching the web for reviews. Google+, Yelp, Healthgrades, and Facebook are all great sites to scope out on your journey to finding your new dentist!
#4: Go to a Consultation
If you have the time, and you don’t need urgent dental care, it may be wise for you to go to a consultation or cleaning before you settle on a dentist. You want one that makes you feel comfortable and cared for. If you ever feel unsettled in the dentist’s chair, you may be at the wrong place.
Do you have questions or concerns about finding a dentist? We want you to know that at Barganier and Lecroy DMD, we treat you like family. Come on in and check us out. We would love to help you achieve all of your oral health goals!