O’Fallon Dentist Gives Tips On Questions To Ask Your New Dentist
Picking a new dentist for yourself or for your family can seem a bit daunting at first. There are many things to keep in mind as you explore your options, and one of the best things that you can do is to formulate a list of questions that you can then ask each dentist. Writing out a list of questions can really help you focus your objectives and “must haves” for your new dental practice.
Our O’Fallon dentists have put together this list of relevant topics to help you build your question list:
If you are looking for family dental care, make sure that the office actually treats pediatric as well as adult patients. Does the office handle preventive, restorative, and cosmetic needs? Are there any common/popular services that they do not offer? Do they have existing relationships with specialists to cover these services?
If you have an insurance provider, you want to make sure that the dentist accepts this specific type of insurance. Does the office staff communicate with the insurance company for you? Does the practice have any relevant financing plans, or work with CareCredit/similar financing providers?
Different dentists have different philosophies about how to treat patients. Some offices, for example, are holistic in approach. Many dentists espouse a conservative treatment approach, which means that any treatments that they perform aim to preserve as much of the natural dental structure as possible. Ask your potential dentist about how he or she views his or her practice.
Does the dentist provide emergency care on short notice? Whom do they recommend you contact if you are faced with an unexpected dental trauma?
As you can see, once you get started there are all kinds of questions that you can ask of your potential dentist! If you have questions for our O’Fallon dentists, or if you would like to schedule a personal consultation, please feel free to contact our office!