Searching for a new dentist to provide you with dental services is like trying to pick out a new car mechanic. The only difference is that the dentist is working "under the hood" in your mouth while the mechanic is working under the hood in your car. Both are equally difficult to find and choose, but the dentist choice is a little more complex. Here are four ways you can come at this situation to make the right choice for your dental care.
If you have dental insurance, it typically narrows down a lot of your choices to a handful of available dentists that take your insurance. In fact, having one specific kind of dental insurance can really whittle down your choices. Not having insurance or having a special credit card for dental and medical care expenses tends to give you more choices, not less. Start with the insurance company's list of providers.
Now look at each of the dentists that take your insurance. Do any of them stand out for some reason? Do you want one to stand out for some reason? If you need an orthodontist or you need a dental surgeon, then you definitely want to weed out dentists that are not advanced specialists. If this does not apply to you, move on to the next method of eliminating your options.
It should not surprise you, but a large percentage of the population has anxiety about seeing a dentist. If you are one of them, you will want to find an insurance-approved dentist that provides all manner of sedation. Look for the dentists that offer nitrous oxide, massaging dental chairs, oral/pill sedation, and/or intravenous sedation dentistry. You may find that your list of insurance-approved dentists shrinks to one or two dentists.
Finally, which of the remaining dentists are closest to work, home, or school? People always choose a dentist that is closest to one of these three locations for the sake of convenience. If you can find a dentist that is closest to any of these major areas where you tend to roam, then you have finally found the best dentist for your needs. Call and book an initial appointment right away, as many dentists are often booked several weeks in advance and new patients do not often receive priority booking. If anything dental-related arises with your mouth before then, you might want to see the next best option of your list.