Are you searching for a dentist in the Lethbridge area? Finding the right dentist may be a tricky task, so here our dentists offer some advice about how to make the right choice for your oral health.
When dentists do quality work, they will often have a reputation in their community. Ask your friends, family and coworkers about the dentists that they see and do your own research based on their suggestions. Online reviews can be a good resource for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the the following:
Does the dentist take the time to listen to you, take notes and as questions as you explain your symptoms or oral health history? Would you feel comfortable expressing fears and anxieties to them and do they answer your questions about procedures effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is the dentist close to your home? How about your work? Are they located by public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are their hours convenient for your schedule?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Are you able to visit your dentist before making an initial appointment to help you make your final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Hall Dental Centre in order to get to know our office. We enjoy showing off our clinic and introducing you to our team.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Lethbridge
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Lethbridge, we hope you’ll consider us!