Top Down Dental in Los Gatos is proud to announce that Dr. Nancy Nehawandian was named one of America’s Best Dentists by the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB). We hope this will help patients understand how important it is to choose the best dentist for them.
What It Means to Be a “Best Dentist”
So what makes someone a “Best Dentist”? How did Dr. Nehawandian achieve this honor? The NCAB published the standards that went into its selection. To be chosen, a dentist must
- Have over four years of experience
- Be a full-time practicing dentist
- Average over three times the continuing education levels required by most states
- Own their practice
- Use magnification
- Have no license suspension or malpractice issues
- Be chosen by other healthcare providers for treatment
- Be highly reviewed online
Dr. Nehawandian meets all these standards easily, especially the standards about experience (over 25) and education (about four times the requirement).
How to Find the Best Dentist for You
Awards are an important part of considering which is the right dentist for you. But they’re only a small part of the story. Here are a few more things you should consider.
The amount of continuing education matters, but it also matters where they took their education and what the subjects were. You want a dentist who is well-trained in the areas you need procedures in. That will ensure that they’re up-to-date in the areas that will matter most for you.
Good reviews are a great thing to see. But don’t think that it’s enough to see that a dentist has 4.5 stars out of five. Take some time and read the reviews. Make sure that the reviewers are giving a dentist good reviews for reasons that matter to you. It’s also worth noting that although there may be few bad reviews, they could be the most important ones–they might highlight the ways in which a dentist might just not be right for you.
The best dentist for you is going to be one that gets the kind of results you desire. Look at a dentist’s before and after pictures. You can see many of them online, but if you talk to a dentist in person, ask to see some that aren’t online. This can allow you to see things like most recent work, or maybe their lower-quality work. Seeing some of the work a dentist is less happy with will tell you whether a dentist generally gets quality results or if they get them only rarely.
When you meet with a dentist, you should take the time to get to know them. And their staff. You want to know that this dental practice is one where you’ll feel comfortable and welcome. And that the dentist is someone you trust. If you can’t be honest with them about your goals and share some revealing aspects of your medical history, they’re not a good dentist for you.
Are We the Best Dentist for You?
At Top Down Dental, we feel this award just confirmed what we already knew–that Dr. Nehawandian is one of the best dentists in America. And we’re happy to welcome new people to our dental family. If you are looking for a new dentist in Los Gatos, San Jose, or the surrounding area, please call (408) 354-5600 for an appointment at Top Down Dental.