No matter how nice he or she is, the dentist is usually the person most people want to see the least. If you have been putting off going to the dentist, and you need to find a dentist, you may be nervous because you don't know what to expect. Finding a new dentist takes a bit of time and research to make sure that you find the right dentist for you. The following are the things you need to ask when you are in the process of choosing a new dentist (such as Dr David Young & Associates Dental Surgeons).
You will need to ask the dentist about the training they have received. For instance, if you have serious dental issues, you will want to know that your dentist will have the skills needed to treat them. Not all dentists have the same training. Some specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others practice general dentistry. Some do not perform certain procedures, such as root canals.
If the dentist doesn't do certain procedures, but you still would like to have this person as your main dentist, ask how they go about referrals, and who they refer patients to for these procedures. That way, you will know what to expect if your dentist has to refer you to a specialist, and you may be able to ask that a different specialist be referred if you aren't comfortable using the one the dentist regularly refers.
Dental problems don't just happen during regular business hours. You could be out in the yard playing with the kids, trip and fall, and chip a tooth. You need to know that your dentist is going to be available for emergency after-hours care in situations like this, or if there is another dentist who patients are referred to for emergency treatments.
Before and After Photos
If you are looking to have some cosmetic dental work done, ask the dentist if you can look at before and after photos of their work. If possible, ask if there are any patients you can contact so you can ask them about their experiences with this particular dentist.
Meet the Team
The dentist isn't the only person you will be dealing with in the dental clinic. You will also be dealing with office staff, hygienists, assistants, etc. It is important that you ask to meet all of the people who will be working with you, so you can know if you feel comfortable around them or not.
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