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When you are looking for the best dental care provider, you may be intimidated with the feeling of “where do I even start?”  There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the best practice for you.  Let us help guide you towards finding an office that provides what you need and want. This is how to choose your dental care provider!

Ask for Recommendations

This is a good place to start.  Reach out to local friends and family to see if they would recommend their dentist.  You can also read reviews online. This will give you firsthand insight into their patient care and business practices.

Find Out What Dental Insurance Plans They Accept

It is important to find out if the office you are considering accepts your current dental insurance plan.  If you currently do not have dental insurance, find out their pricing on services you know you need or may need. You can also ask about potential payment plans or discounts.

Professional Credentials

You should make sure that you are dealing with professionals who have a strong medical background before trusting them with your dental care. Check if the dentist you are considering is a member of the American Dental Association and if they have any malpractice claims against them.  It is recommended that you ask about how long they have been practicing dental care and about their overall experience in the field.

Ask if They Are Accepting New Patients

Contact your potential dental care provider to find out if they are accepting new patients.  If a practice is not currently accepting new patients, you can ask if they have a waitlist.  If an office seems like it would be the right match for you, it may be worth the wait if you aren’t in urgent need of care.

Find Out What ServicesThey Offer

If you are looking for specific services like Cosmetic Dentistry or Dental Sleep Medicine, you should ask the office about their experience in these fields.  As stated above, look into experience, reviews and pricing for these specific services.  It is also beneficial to know how they can assist you in after hour emergency care.

In-Person Office Visit

When you visit an office, take note of their hygiene practices and cleanliness of the facility.  You should feel comfortable and safe when visiting your dentist.  Meeting staff members in person can also give you an idea of whether the office is a good match for you.

We hope this helps you get started on your search to find the best match for your dental needs.  If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about potentially becoming a new patient, feel free to contact us.  We are more than happy to help answer your questions.

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