The Dentist's Reputation
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Research online or ask around to find out if there is anything you should know about the dentist that you are considering.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
How Comfortable You Feel
One of the main things to consider should be how comfortable you will feel with this dentist. Here are some things you should consider when meeting the dentist:
- 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?
- Do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
- Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
The Services Offered
Will the clinic be able to handle the services that you may require? Are they equipped for emergency situations?
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
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?
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 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.
The Scheduling Process
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Office Appearance & Vibe
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 Crawford Dental Clinic 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 Dentist's Values
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 Taber
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Taber, we hope you’ll consider us!