Centennial is home to over 100,oo0 people in northern Colorado. Therefore, choosing the right primary oral health care provider in any of it’s four districts for you and your family is an important decision. You will be seeing this dentist for many years and counting on them to take care of your family’s teeth. Not only do dentists keep your smile looking great, regular dental visits play a significant role in preventing conditions that have been linked to poor oral health, like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
I asked a local dentist at Butterman Dental for some basic tips you can follow to ensure you find the right dentist for your needs.
- The best way to begin your search for a dentist is by talking to your friends, family and neighbors. Ask them what dentist they use and if they are satisfied. Sometimes your doctor or pharmacist will be able to give you a good recommendation as well.
- Your choices of dentists could be determined by your dental health plan. Therefore, it is important to find out if any of the dentists you are considering accept your type of insurance coverage. If you do not have dental insurance, find out if they have any payment options available. Many dentists suggest looking for a dental care provider that offers financing options in addition to taking several types of dental insurance. This is because many practices’s require you to pay for dental treatments up front. Having several options available will help you to be sure your family will always be able to receive the care they need. Many dentists offer plans such as Springstone or Credit Care as financing options. You can also inquire into special discounts for new patients. Often, you will find discounts available for procedures that you should be taking regularly, like exams and teeth cleanings. For established patients, dentists may offer incentives for referrals to their office.
- Look into the dentists certifications and schooling. Find out if they participate in any ongoing training. It’s important to find a dentist that stays up-to-date with the latest trends, techniques and technology in their field. Find out what professional associations they belong to, such as the American Dental Association. The ADA focuses on professional conduct, ethics and advisory options.
- Check their hours of operation and where they are located. In case of an emergency you need to know if they have emergency hours available. If a dentist is not nearby and available during the hours you need them, then you may need to keep looking.
- If you are anxious during dental visits, it is important to know if this dentist makes allowances for people who are afraid and what they do to make you comfortable. Some offer oral sedation or are certified to administer anesthesia for patients who suffer from dental anxiety, also known as odontophobia.
- Many dentists offer a free consultation for new patients, where you will be advised of what steps you should take to improve your oral health. Always ask for the specifics of their suggested treatment plans. Plans and estimates for treatments should be discussed up front. They should tell you what procedures will be involved, how long the treatment will take and how many visits will be required, as well as what is covered by your insurance or what the total cost out-of-pocket will be. All your questions should be answered clearly and respectfully.
- Carefully look around the dentists office. It should be neat, well arranged and comfortable. The dentists and their staff need to be wearing protective gear while they are treating patients. The staff should be kind, friendly and you should feel at ease and welcome. They should understand you have questions and be willing to answer all of them to your satisfaction.
Finding a new dentist is important. Exceptional dentists like Dr. Butterman, have a patient first approach when it comes to the services he provides his patients. When you have confidence in your dentist you feel good about taking your family there. If you feel uncomfortable or ill at ease in any way, do not be afraid to ask questions or have certain requirements. You will find most dentists will go out of their way to accommodate you.