Are you looking for a good family dentist or cosmetic dentist? Finding the right dental professional can be challenging. However, with the right tools, you can find the right dentist to fit your oral care needs. 

Whether you’re moving to a new city, your employer switched dental insurance plans, or you’re just long overdue for a dental checkup, there’s no need to worry. The professionals at Dr. Tosun Dental have created a few straightforward tips to help you find the best dental service provider in your area.

 

1. What to Look for When Choosing a Dentist?

what questions to ask when choosing a dentist

Typically, you and your dentist will enter into a long-term oral health relationship, so it’s important you find someone you are comfortable with. First and foremost you should start your search by checking the reviews about any potential dentist and the dental facility. This is the best way to get an honest opinion about a new dentist. Reviews can be found on the clinic’s website, social media such as Instagram, Facebook, or Google business page of the clinic.

As you search for a dentist, consider the following questions:

  • Are they convenient for your life (i.e., schedule, location, etc.)?
  • Where was the dentist educated and trained? 
  • Is the dentist specialized in the treatment the patient is seeking? For example, many general dentists provide orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign, as a specialized area of treatment. Similarly, dental implant treatment should be made by a dental surgeon.
  • How often does the dental staff attend conferences and additional continuing education workshops?
  • What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer (when applicable)?
  • What policies are in place for handling emergencies outside of office hours?
  • Do they accept your dental insurance, or do they help you reimburse your claim from the insurance?
  • Are they helpful, friendly, and open to addressing your questions and concerns?

 

2. Ask for Recommendations

ask for recommendations when choosing a dentist

When looking for a new dentist, start with referrals. Family, friends, co-workers, and other healthcare providers will happily share their experiences with dental professionals in your area. Additionally, your family practice provider should have a list of reputable dentists to start with. If you happen to be moving, ask your current dentist for a recommendation. As you compile your list of potential dentists be sure to take time to research their credentials, experience, specialties, and educational background/training.

3. Understand Your Needs

understand your needs before seeing dentists

Before you start interviewing new dentists it’s important you find a dentist based on your specific needs. For example, do you need a family dentist or a pediatric dentist? Are you seeking routine dental hygiene services or do you require a specialty service from a cosmetic dentist (such as dental implants or braces)? Once you determine your specific needs, you’ll be able to narrow down your search to ensure you find the right dentist.

Trust is the most important aspect of the patient-doctor relationship. Building trust goes beyond simply providing good dental treatments. A patient’s experience in a dental office goes a long way in establishing trust between the dentist and their support staff. For example, are they helpful, compassionate, and transparent? Do they possess ethical attitudes and clear communication skills? Does the dentist listen to your complaints, expectations? Does he/she explain the procedure before starting, include you in your treatment planning process? These soft skills are appreciated by the patients more than the treatment results and help to build a trusting relationship.

  

4. Research the Dentist’s Credentials and Affiliations

research the dentist’s credentials before choosing a dentistCertification is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a dentist. This ensures that the dentist has the necessary training, skills, and experience to provide healthcare in general dentistry or their given specialty. Most dentists list their credentials and professional affiliations on their website, and you can also look these up online.

 

5. Visit the Dental Clinic

visit the dental clinic before choosing a dentist

Once you narrow down your search to the final potential dentists it’s important to visit the facility to make sure you feel comfortable with the staff and the environment. If you aren’t able to visit the dental office, feel free to call and ask the staff your questions.

When visiting the dental office consider the following questions:

  • Is the office clean, neat, and orderly?
  • Does the dental office comply with all current COVID-19 regulations?
  • Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?

 

Dr. Tosun Dental Clinic

Now that you know how to find a good dentist, it’s time to schedule your appointment and take care of your oral health. At Dr. Tosun Dental Clinic, our top priority is patient experience. We take pride in providing our patients with a smooth journey and great dental experiences. We always put our patients first and make sure they are fully involved in their treatment planning process. We make it a point to extra mile to create optimal treatment plans, taking time to explain procedures, answer questions, and ensure all of our patients are happy with their treatment results.

As a dental clinic in Dubai your safety and health priority. We take all the necessary measures to protect our patients and our staff against Covid 19, including daily disinfection of the entire facility by an authorized  company. Additionally, all of our doctors and staff wear personal protection equipment, such as surgical masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, etc. We adhere to the current COVID-19 regulations, including the number of minutes between appointments, physical distancing in the waiting areas, and fresh air in all dental treatment rooms, etc. We look forward to addressing all of your oral health needs.


How to Find a Good Dentist?

 

DR. YAHYA TOSUN

Orthodontist