A dentist is your partner in dental care, and together you will maintain your oral health. There is some time and effort required to find someone who you can trust with that responsibility. We’ve compiled some tips for you that can help you speed up that process.
You never know what might happen in the future and what type of oral care you may need. You want to find a dentist who can provide comprehensive care to you and won’t have to refer you to another dentist to provide the care you need.
Look for a dentist that is in a convenient area for you. This could be near your home, work, children’s school, etc. The important thing is to find a dentist that is easily accessible to you. In addition to location, office hours should be taken into consideration. You’ll want an office that has flexible appointment booking that will work around your schedule.
Education and Experience
Most dental offices will list what type of education their dentists have. Take a look at the website, or even call and ask. This can give you some confidence in their ability to provide exemplary dental care.
Just as important as education is their experience. How long have they been practicing? And in what fields? Particularly if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, you may want to find someone who has a decade or two of experience in helping patients who are just like you.
To avoid paying out-of-pocket for your dental visits and procedures, find a dentist within your network that is able to offer direct billing.
Family and Friend Referrals
Talk to your family and friends about their dentist. You can ask them about how they like the staff, service, and the dentist. It’s a great way to get reliable information and find out whether they would be a good fit for you.
Read the Patient Reviews
Look at the testimonials on the dentist’s website and see what their customers are saying about them. You can get a good picture of what type of dentist they are and how they treat their patients from reviews. Check out the reviews for Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward here.
Trust Your Instincts
You want to find a dentist you can trust to answer your questions and be honest and open with you. If you see someone you like, but something isn’t sitting well with you, go with your instincts and keep looking until you find the best dentist for you.
You Can Trust the Gentle Dentist to Be There For You!
Dr. Henry-Ward has been practicing general dentistry for over 30 years, right here in St. Louis. Her practice focuses on creating an easy and comfortable experience while ensuring you get the excellent dental care that you deserve. With a Gentle Dentist, there’s no need to avoid the dentist any longer. So come in and get your confidence back! Contact us to schedule your appointment today!