Are you searching for a dentist in the Whitehorse area? Finding the right dentist can be a tricky task, so today our dental team is here to offer you advice on how to make the choice that is right for you.
A good dentist will have an excellent reputation in the community they serve. Ask your family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself. If you can, online reviews are an excellent resource for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
The relationship that you have with your dentist is an important one. So, one of the most critical things to consider is whether or not you will be comfortable receiving medical treatment from this person. At your initial consultation 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
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a member of your family is experiencing a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to go with a dentist who specializes in treating it.
Location & Office Hours
Is your prospective dentist close to your home or where you work? How accessible are they by public transit? Is their parking convenient? Do their hours align with your usual availability?
For patients who have special needs for their dentist, it's important to ensure your prospective dentist's office is able to accommodate them. From physical accesiblity to the availability of dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of a comprehensive offering of dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
The cost of dental services will usually vary from practice to practice. Does a prospective dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? As well, do they accept insurance and can they file your 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 Dandelion 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 selecting a new dentist, it's very important that they have the same values you do. Speak with them to find out more about their approach to their dentist-patient relationships and whether the two of you would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Whitehorse
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Whitehorse, we hope you’ll consider us!