If you are new to the area, it’s a good idea to locate a family dentist, preferably before a problem occurs. This way you will be able to take the time you need to find a dentist you really feel comfortable, rather than being pressured into going to the first dental clinic you can find because of a dental emergency that needs immediate care. Below are some tips to help you find a dentist who is right for you!
- Figure out what your needs are. While all dentists in BC must have the proper skills and qualifications, many dentists have areas that they specialize in, such as pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, othodontidonics, and much more. When considering a new dentist, check their experience and areas of specialty in relation to your own needs. For example, if you are interested in having extensive cosmetic work done, it would be a good idea to find a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. This way you won’t need to be referred to anyone else for care. Likewise, if you have a family, it may be beneficial to find a dentist that can care for both you and your children so that you do not have to go to multiple clinics.
- Location. It may seem simplistic, but having a dentist nearby to you can be very beneficial. It will be easier for you to maintain regular dental visits if your dentist is not too far away. Some of the locals here in Nanaimo like to come in for their regular cleaning and checkup during their work or school lunch hour.
- Check out the dentist’s gallery on their webpage. This is especially useful if you are thinking of getting cosmetic procedures done. A gallery is where a dentist can showcase his or her previous work. Also, third party sites such as Yelp may give you insight into what other patients are saying about the clinic.
- Make sure that you are comfortable with the dentist. Before booking your first appointment, it can be beneficial to go to the office to get a feel for the environment and the dental team. No matter how great a dentist’s reviews are, you need to feel comfortable with him or her in order to be able to communicate openly about your oral health. Being compatible with your dental team is especially important if you have anxiety or a phobia of dentists- you want someone skilled and compassionate to give you all- around great quality care.