Seeking a dentist in Burnaby? Finding the right one can be challenging, so in this post our dentists are offering some advice about how to make the right choice.
When you research dentists, look into which ones have a solid reputation in their community. Ask friends, family and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their recommendations yourself - online reviews can help you accomplish this task efficiently.
Another idea is to contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Since your relationship with your dentist is an important one, a key question to consider is whether you'll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial appointment or consultation with a new dentist, think about these aspects:
As you explain symptoms and ask questions, do they take the time to listen? Are you comfortable expressing any fears or anxieties you may have, and do they answer your questions about procedures you'll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to listen to, understand and address your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
With advances in dental technology, many dentists are able to offer a wide selection of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer a range of services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member is experiencing a specific oral health issue, it might be 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?
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.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
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 Oakmount 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 Burnaby
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Burnaby, we hope you’ll consider us!