Looking for a new dentist or a first dentist for your child might not be your top priority. While it may be hard and not the most fun thing to do, it’s actually extremely important.
Something that’s just as important as the dentist you choose is the dentist office itself. If you don’t like the vibe of the office, you’re not going to want your child there at all. Here are some things to ask yourself as you vet offices.
Are They Convenient?
If you’re going to spend 50 minutes in the car to get to your dentist office, you might want to look for something a bit closer. Try to find a location that’s a comfortable drive from your house (especially in bad weather), has an excess of parking, and has enough spots by the door for patients with special mobility needs. You also want to make sure that they have good hours. Do they have weekend hours? Look for an office that can accommodate the personal needs of your family. Children should begin regular dental visits at age one so getting them to a dentist as soon as possible is key.
Are They Good at Communicating?
Sometimes office visits raise a lot of questions. If the staff is able to answer every question you have from the moment you book your first dentist visit to the moment you leave, they’re a perfect fit. If communication in your home life is important it should also matter when it comes to what’s happening with your child’s teeth.
Are They Comforting?
A fear of the dentist is extremely common in many people, even adults. Because of this, you want to find an office that is warm and welcoming as soon as you step foot through the door. The office staff should do everything they can to try and make your visit as enjoyable as possible. If you get in the door and no one is at the front desk, expect an apology as soon as someone returns.
Finding a dentist office might not be your top priority, but it is important. Look for a practice that’s warm and welcoming, does well communicating, and is convenient for you and your family.