9 Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

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Posted Aug 10th, 2018

9 Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

Your relationship with your dentist is an important factor in your long term oral health. Take your time choosing a dentist; don't wait for an emergency! Here, our Kanata dentists outline what you should consider when looking for a dentist.

Reputation

A good dentist will always be backed by good reputation. To begin, ask co-workers, friends, and family about their experiences. From there, you can research their suggestions by checking the dentist’s reputation online, and by visiting the clinic to help make a final decision.

Personal comfort

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a dentist is whether you feel comfortable with that person. Are you able to explain symptoms and ask questions? Would you feel comfortable expressing your fear or anxiety, or asking questions about a procedure? Do you feel like the dentist hears and understands your concerns?

If your first language is not English, it can be very helpful to have a dentist who can speak to you in a language you are more familiar with.

The dentists and team at Hazeldean Dental Group proudly offer dental services in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin and Japanese.

Range Of Service

New technology has greatly improved today’s dentistry, and a practitioner who offers a wide range of services will always be a good choice. Is your dentist providing comprehensive services including preventive, cosmetic and orthodontic treatments? Do they do root canal treatments, extract teeth, or place crowns and implants? Will they be able to see all of your family? Do they have access to the specialists, if the need arises? Do they use the latest proven technologies such as digital x-rays, e.max crowns, and Invisalign clear braces?

Location & Office Hours

Choose a dentist close to home or work. Is the office open on Saturdays? Is there convenient parking?

Costs

Costs may vary by practice. Does your dentist follow current Ontario Dental Association Fee Guide?

Can they file your insurance claim electronically, thus saving you time and frustration? Does the dentist offer multiple payment options (credit cards, personal checks, interest-free payment plans)?

Your health is the most important factor, but money matters too. So don’t be ever hesitate to ask for an estimate. Our administrative team is always here to guide you through any questions or concerns you may have.

The Office

You should visit any dental office you are considering before your first appointment to make sure that everything is clean and orderly.

You are welcome to visit the Hazeldean Dental Group office in Kanata at a pre-scheduled time before your first appointment, to get to know our office. We take great pride in our clean and organized office environment, and our friendly team will be glad to chat with you, and answer any questions that you may have.

Accessibility

If you have any special needs, it is important that you establish that your new dental practice can meet them. Our Kanata dental team offers dental sedation services for patients with anxiety who feel uneasy undergoing dental treatment, for those with a low pain threshold, and for those with disabilities or health issues that would otherwise make treatment difficult or uncomfortable.

Emergency Care

Before choosing a dental practice, make sure that they will be able to help you if you are experiencing a dental emergency.

The dentists at Hazeldean Dental Group in Kanata provide same-day appointments for dental emergencies, so we can ease your pain and have you feeling better as soon as possible.

The Dentist's Approach to Care

It’s important to learn whether your new dentist values the same things you do when it comes to dental treatment, and the dentist-patient relationship. Talk to your prospective dentist ahead of time to learn about his or her approach, and whether you’re a good match!

The dentists at Hazeldean Dental Group in Kanata are accepting new patients! Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have, or to book an initial consultation.

Book your Dental Appointment Today and Discover Professional Service that is Second To None!