How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

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Do you need to find a dentist in Abbotsford? Choosing the right dentist can be a tricky task, so today our dentists are offering some advice on how to make the right decision.

Reputation

A great dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask around — quiz family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and look into their recommendations yourself — online reviews are excellent for this. 

You might also consider contacting your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.

Personal Rapport & Comfort Level

Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:

Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Specialties, Services & Emergency Care

Thanks to advances in dental technology, many dentists now offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer a comprehensive set of services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care? 

If you or a family member have a specific oral health issue, you may find it useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.

Location & Office Hours

Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?

Accessibility

For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.

Costs & Money Matters

Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.

Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Scheduling

How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

The Office

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?

Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Clayburn Dental at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.

Welcoming new patients in Abbotsford

Our dentists always look forward to welcoming new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Abbotsford, we hope you’ll consider us!

Would you like to schedule an office tour or an initial dental exam? Please contact us at Clayburn Dental?

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