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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dentist

If you need to choose a new dentist, you probably want someone you can rely on for the long term. A bit of research will help you make a good choice, but first, you need to be clear about your needs. Here are some key questions to ask.


Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you approach a new dentist, check in with yourself first to get a clear sense of what you want. Ask yourself:

  • Do you need a dentist to treat just yourself, or do you require a child-friendly practitioner for your family?
  • What dental needs do you anticipate? Are you looking for standard care in the form of cleanings and checkups, or do you also require dentures or orthodontic work?
  • What are your scheduling and commuting needs? Do you have any concerns pertaining to accessibility at the dental office? 
  • Do you have any medical conditions like diabetes or a positive HIV status that may require special attention from your dentist? 
  • Do you suffer from anxiety when undergoing dental procedures?


Questions to Ask Others

You can ask friends and relatives for recommendations or check online reviews. Try to find out:

  • How is the patient-care experience during procedures? Does the dentist have a good chair-side manner?
  • How is the customer service experience in the waiting room? Does the office seem tidy and well organized? 
  • What is the lead time for appointments? If you have a sudden need, will you be able to see the dentist on short notice? Does the office accommodate emergencies?


Questions to Ask the Dentist

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of candidates, you’re ready to contact the dentist’s office. Dental centres often provide answers to frequently asked questions on their website but don’t be afraid to call them to learn more. Ask them:

  • Are they accepting new patients? 
  • What are their insurance practices? Do they have a direct billing process with insurance providers? Will your plan be accepted by this dentist?
  • What are their credentials? Where did they train, and do they have any additional professional qualifications or accreditations?
  • Are their office hours and location consistent with their website information?


Your New Dentist in SE Calgary

Forest Lawn Dental Centre in Calgary is currently accepting new patients. We provide affordable general and cosmetic dental care for the whole family and are available for emergency appointments as well. We will directly bill your insurance provider for you. We also bill below the Alberta Dental Association fee guide, so you can feel confident that you are not overpaying for dental fees. Plus, we’re conveniently located near major bus routes and offer free parking outside our clinic. To schedule your first appointment, contact Forest Lawn Dental today.