Going to the dentist is not a very fun experience for most. In fact, let’s face it, most of us dread it. However, you still have to find and choose a good place for dental care. This guide will give you some tips on how to locate and choose a dental clinic right for you.
The first thing to do is put together a list of dental clinics in your area. The best place to look is online as most practices have websites. For a better list, you may want to search for a dental office directory. There are lots of free directories online that sort dental clinics locally. Another great way to find clinics is to do a simple search by typing in “dental office” and your city. If all else fails, you can fall back on your trusty phone book or yellow pages or even ask your close friends. Now that you’ve got your list together, the next step is to do a little research. One of the greatest things to come out of the internet is that you have access to consumer reports. One great site for this is the Rip-Off Report as it has one of the largest selections of consumer reports. This could save you a lot of hassle as you can see what other customers have to say about their experiences in a bad clinic. Keep in mind that most of these will be negative reviews as very few people take the time to write positive reviews these days. Another place to check is the Better Business Bureau. Your dental office may be listed and they are given a grade by letters. This may end up shortening your list, but in the end, save you lots of pain to you and to your wallet.
Now that you have your list more refined, it’s time to makes some calls. It’s important to know what questions to ask when calling. The first thing you should ask is about hours of operation and scheduling. The receptionist should be able to guide you through this and let you know how far in advance do you need to schedule your appointments as well as help you with your insurance. Also, be sure to ask about consultation and any additional services they provide. A preliminary visit is a great way to see the office up close and personal. You can a get feel for what the staff is like and how well the equipment is maintained. Be sure and ask if there are any new patient specials like free initial examination consultation and mouth x-rays. New patients can sometimes save hundreds of dollars. Last but not least you can get a sit-down with your potential dentist and make sure they make you comfortable.
Finally, remember that you have not tied down to any dental clinic. You are not obligated to sign any long-term contracts and if you are not happy take your business else-where if need be. By using this guide as an outline and doing a little research on your own, you should have no problem finding a good dental office.