When you are looking for a new dentist, you want to take the time to make sure that you find a dental team who meets your needs. Our Glendale dentists have put together this short article on things to consider when meeting with a new dentist.
When you first meet with your dentist, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions, so that you can really get to know them and their dental philosophy.
For example, you can talk to your dental team about the variety of treatments that they offer in their practice. Do they do restorative and cosmetic treatments in-office? Or do they refer patients to specialty offices for certain procedures?
Another good thing to know is whether your dentist is available for emergency dental care. Do they have a special number that you should call in case of emergency? Do they recommend that you call one of their associates for emergency care? When faced with a dental trauma, you want to know exactly whom you should call.
If you are an anxious dental patient, or if you are considering undergoing extensive treatment, you’ll want to talk to your dental team about any sedation treatments available. Modern sedation dentistry takes the stress out of dental care, and can keep you pain-free. There are a number of different sedation options available: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, general anesthesia—does your dentist offer any of these?
For many people it’s also worthwhile to figure out whether your dentist provides pediatric dental care. A dental office that treats both adults and children can be convenient for families who are trying to schedule multiple semi-annual appointments.
We hope that this short list got you thinking about questions you can ask your dentist in order to make sure that your dental team is meeting all of your needs. As always, our Glendale dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need!