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Questions to Ask a Potential New Dentist

Find a New Dentist With Ease


Updated: September 14, 2007

Finding a new dentist doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming if you know what to look for in advance. If you are in the process of finding a new dentist, take your time to write down factors that are important to you. The following questions are examples to consider and can help you get started.

  1. Is the dentist accepting new patients?
  2. How long has the dentist been in practice and how long has he / she been at their current location?
  3. Does the dentist treat patients with special conditions? Some examples of special conditions are:

  4. If you have dental phobias, find out what kind of relaxation techniques the dentist offers such as nitrous oxide or dental sedation.
  5. Does the dentist see children as well as adults?
  6. How long does it take to get an appointment?
  7. Is there a charge for missed or broken appointments?
  8. Does the dentist offer the latest in dental technology?
  9. Does the dentist take continuing education courses and stay up to date with the latest techniques?
  10. Is the dentist office convenient to your work or home?
  11. Are the office hours compatible with your schedule?
  12. What kind of emergency after hours care does the dentist provide?
  13. Does the office offer any kind of payment plans? Many dental offices are starting to offer financing plans with no interest.
  14. If you are using dental insurance, does the dentist accept it?
  15. Will they file the claims for you or will you have to do it yourself?
  16. Will the dentist accept your co pay or will you be required to pay the full amount up front and be reimbursed by your dental insurance company later?

Whether you are new to an area or just want to change dentists, being prepared to ask the right questions will make the process so much easier.

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