Traumatized children become traumatized adults. When it comes to dentists most of us tend to skirt around our yearly visits out of fear of the drill. With today's technology, there is no longer a reason to be afraid of your dentist. In fact, after seeing your dentist, you should have every reason to hug him when you exit his office with a beautiful smile as most procedures a nearly pain free. The first step to a pain free dental visit is choosing a great dentist.
Where to Look
All dentists are not created equally! When choosing a new dentist, is very important to choose wisely so you can avoid pain and possible embarrassment in the future.
The best place to look for a new dentist in your local area is by visiting online dental review sites. These sites allow people from all over the country to rate, vent, or praise their dentist. This is a very good way to start off in the right direction.
Another great way to locate good dentists is by asking people you know who their dentist is. Since your friends and family like you, they will more than likely not send you to a disastrous dentist.
Interviewing Your New Dentist
Now that you know where to look for a new dentist, there are a few questions to ask him before he ever gets his drill out. You wouldn't hire a contractor to build your house without knowing how he conducts business or how he works right? You should also not hire a dentist just because his door says "dental office."
The first question I always ask a new dentist is, "how long have you been in practice?" This is always a good place to start. Having a dentist with 20 years experience doesn't always certify great work, but in most cases, if a dentist has been practicing dental care for 20 years you can bet he's learned the ropes.
Another important question to ask your new dentist is what procedures he specializes in? In order for a dentist to specialize in a particular procedure he must extend his schooling by at least two years. This is important to you if you need to have special dental work done or if you need a sedation dentist.
Lastly, before making an appointment you should ask your newly appointed dentist which insurance carriers he works with. If your dentist doesn't work with your dental insurance company, there maybe away to work around it if you talk to your dentist before getting any work done.
The above questions are the very basic questions to ask your new dentist. As with any other person or company you hire, do some research and find out who you fit with the best. The key to a pain free smile is open communication and honesty with your dentist.