Choosing the right dentist is not always such an obvious decision. Practices have only become more competitive with each other over the years, but at the end of the day what really matters is your own needs. Without the services you need or hours that fit your schedule, you can’t make the most of your dentist’s treatments.
To make a more informed decision, consider these tips the next time you begin your search for a dentist in Coeur d’ Alene.
Determine Your Needs
Without knowing this first, you’ll rarely find the right dentist on your first try. Start by asking yourself what matters most when you visit a dentist. Are convenient hours more important than having a wide variety of services? Are you seeking dental care for yourself, your significant other, or multiple family members?
Once you know exactly what your needs are, it will be much easier to filter out the practices you know won’t work for you nor your family members.
Ask the People Close to You for a Recommendation
Friends and family are the best people to ask for a recommendation because they know exactly what to expect before you even take the time to visit the practice in the first place. This is especially important to do if your friends or family members’ needs reflect your own needs. These experiences are also much easier to verify than those from strangers online.
Consider Online Reviews
With that being said, reading reviews either on a practice’s Facebook page, Google page, or their website can be truly enlightening. Check if the service you need is mentioned in a review. This way when you go to visit the practice, you can ask the dentist about that service and see if they react honestly.
Make a Visit to the Practice
It’s hard to make a final decision without visiting the practice in person. When you have free time, call ahead and see if the dentist can meet with you personally or give you a tour of the office. Dentists want to prove that they can meet you and your family’s needs, so welcoming you to the practice shouldn’t be very difficult. If they can’t find the time for a consultation now, what does that say about their ability to schedule you for a routine visit?
Watch for Red Flags
If you notice any of the following during your walkthrough or from information you gather online, you may want to consider choosing another practice for your dental care needs:
- They overly upsell products the practice offers
- They don’t make time to answer questions
- They recommend treatments you don’t need (i.e. excessive X-rays, deep cleanings, or fillings)
- They pressure you to get many treatments done in a single visit
Choosing a dentist is much easier when you have a game plan prepared. Schedule an appointment today to confirm if the dentist you’re interested in can meet your needs!
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban earned his DDS degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. By offering many dental services five days a week, he’s able to accommodate the needs of nearly every type of patient, regardless of age. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.