The Dentists Reputation
Your local community will be able to help you determine whether you may like a dental office. Speak with your family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are great for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Your Comfort Level
Considering this person is responsible for an aspect of your healthcare, you should ensure that you feel quite comfortable with them. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
The Services Offered
Many dental offices are now able to offer a wide range of services, but you will still find that some services are not offered everywhere.
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.
Office Location & Hours
One thing you should look into is if the office itself works with your life and schedule. Consider the following things:
- Is your new dentist close to home or work?
- How about public transit?
- If you drive, is parking convenient?
- Are there hours convenient for you?
Accessibility at the Office
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.
When it comes to the cost of dental care, there are many aspects to consider such as:
- 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.
Scheduling & Cancellations
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
The Office Appearance
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Royal York Dentistry at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Values of the Dental Team
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 West Toronto
Here at Royal York Dentistry we are happy to welcome new patients to our office. contact us today to schedule a consultation.