Finding a new family dentist that you feel comfortable with can be a real challenge.  Maybe you recently moved or your previous dentist retired.  Whatever the reason for starting your search, here are some tips that will help you find exactly the right dentist for everyone in your family.

Look for shorter wait times

Nothing is more frustrating than sitting in a crowded waiting room for long periods of time.  This is even worse when you have a family to take care of and have children that you have to entertain while you wait.  Longer wait times also can keep you from making future appointments because you don’t want to deal with the hassle.  This can mean that your family’s oral health suffers.  So be sure to ask what the typical wait times are. Our Patient Promise guarantees you’ll be seen within 5 minutes.

Look for multiple services

The last thing you want is to have to go to one place for a cleaning, another place for dental surgeries, and yet another place for orthodontic services. When an office offers multiple services, it is like having the convenience of one-stop shopping for all of your family’s dental needs. Never again will you have to worry about filling out endless amounts of paperwork at many different offices.  You can visit one office where the staff is familiar with every aspect of your family’s dental needs and has access to their entire medical history.  This not only makes your life easier, it also helps make sure that their care if the best it can be since each doctor is familiar with their entire history.

Find a dentist that sees everyone

No one wants to deal with the hassle of visiting one office for small children, another for older children, and yet another for the adults! Instead, look for a family dentist that sees patients of all ages.  A family dentist offers the ease of being able to schedule everyone’s appointment at the same time, so you only have to make one trip.  Taking everyone to the same dentist also means that they will be aware of any family history and your preferences.

Ask what insurance plans they accept

You certainly want to make sure that you see a dentist that accepts your family’s insurance. Before even scheduling an appointment, specify what type of insurance you have. It may be a good idea to call the insurance company as well in order to see if they fully cover the services, or if you will be responsible for partial payment. Although there are many insurance policies available, some of the most popular dental plans are Delta Dental Insurance, MetLife Dental Insurance, and Aetna Dental Insurance. Also, ask about payment options. Do they offer a payment plan if needed? Are credit card payments accepted?

Make Sure Your Family Feels Comfortable

It is important to make sure your family feels comfortable with the dentist that you ultimately choose. If you have small children, make sure the office is kid-friendly. You also need to make sure you can easily interact with the staff so you can effectively communicate your needs and concerns. Ask yourself if the dentist you are choosing can provide what you need and if you are satisfied with the care your family will receive.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a time to bring your family in to meet with the staff and dentist before making a decision.

By carefully considering all of these tips, you can ensure that you are choosing the dentist that will take the best care of your family. For more information, contact us today. Or, Request an Appointment with our convenient online form!