If you've been on the hunt for a new dentist in Clarenville, you might be having trouble finding the right one for your needs. Our dentists are here to help you make your choice.
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are great for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Will your dentist take the time to listen to your dental concerns, explain your symptoms or allow you to ask questions? If you have fears revolving around dentistry, would you feel comfortable voicing these concerns to the dentist? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
If you are looking for a new dentist you will want to make sure that they are convenient for you. This relates to their location, parking, access to public transportation, and office hours that may or may not coincide with your usual schedule.
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Financial Concerns
Costs often vary from practice to practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also something that many people worry about. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Scheduling & Reminders
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Welcoming Office Environment
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Elliott Dental Studio at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Clarenville
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Clarenville, we hope you’ll consider us!