If you are on a hunt for a dentist in the Manitoba area, we can understand how tricky this task can be. So, in this blog our dental team shares some tips on how you can find the right dentist for you.
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask 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.
Level of Comfort & Personal Rapport
The relationship you have with your dentist is important, so it's key to take into consideration how comfortable you feel with them. When you go in for your consultation with a dentist think about the following questions:
Does the dentist designate time to listen to you explain your symptoms and ask questions? Are you comfortable talking about your anxieties or fears, and do they answer the questions you ask about the procedures you require effectively? Do they seem to hear and understand the concerns you have?
Services, Emergency Care & Specialties
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.
Office Hours & Location
Is the new dentist located close to where you live or work? Can you access them by public transit? Do they offer convenient parking if you drive? Are the hours convenient and fit 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
The costs of services usually vary by practice. Find out if your dentist follows the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province. And see if they accept your insurance and are able to file your insurance claim electronically.
Are there different payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important thing to consider, money can also be an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures you may need. Our administrative team is here to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations, and other problems?
Is the dental office orderly and clean? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Are you able to visit the office before booking your first appointment to help you make a final decision? At Assiniboine Dental Group patients are welcome to visit the office at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our practice.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it's time to choose a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist shares the same values as you. Speak to the dentist learn about their approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Now Welcoming New Patients in Manitoba
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Manitoba, we hope you’ll consider us!