5 steps for choosing a new dentist

choosing a dentist, los gatos, san jose, campbell, saratoga, cupertino, santa clara, monte serenoWhether you’ve moved to a new area or you’re just looking for a change, sometimes you find yourself in the market for a new dentist. Since dental health is an important issue and can often be an emotional issue as well as a physical one, it’s important to find a dentist who is not only skilled, but who also has the people skills and personality that will make you comfortable. 

Location and prices are other factors to consider when shopping for a dentist. Here are some tips to help you find a good dentist.

1. Ask Friends

This may seem obvious, but the opinions of your friends can be valuable. If you hear consistently good things, or consistently bad things, about certain dentists from your friends, this can give you clues as to what to expect.

2. Search on the Internet

You can get opinions from people outside your circle of friends and relatives by going online to sites that review dentists. You may also be able to find detailed information about a dentist’s background, education and experience from sites that are designed to help people find a dentist, or from the web sites of individual dental practices.

3. Do an Insurance Check

If you have dental insurance, you’ll want to choose a dentist who accepts your plan. Depending on your plan, this might limit your choices. If this is an issue, you might want to find dentists who accept your insurance first, and then choose among them.

4. Look into Prices

If you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance requires you to pay co-insurance, it’s important to remember that not all dentists charge exactly the same prices. You can comparison shop for a dentist the same way you can with anything.

Which dentists are “expensive” is something that you can get ideas about from friends and reviews, but you can also call different dentists and ask for prices on various services. The receptionists in the offices are there to answer questions, so don’t be afraid to ask what you want to know.

Bear in mind, the phrase, “You get what you pay for”, is often true. While considering cost is important, don’t let it trump the skills, training and ability of the dentist.

5. Talk to the Dentist

The best way to find out if you like a dentist’s personality is to book a consultation and meet the dentist. Once you’ve narrowed it down to someone who has the experience, location and prices you want, make a consultation appointment. This is often free and will give you the chance to chat with the dentist to see if you think he or she is someone you could work with.

Make your dental care the best it can be

Remember that you and your dentist will be working together to achieve the results you want for your oral health. Choosing the best dentist for your personal situation is a great step towards making your dental visits stress-free and successful.