Dentist Near Me! Helpful Tips for Finding a Great Dentist
By Mark Alexandrunas D.M.D of Premier Dental of Ohio
Most searches for a dentist begin by typing three simple words, “dentist near me”. However, finding the best dentist for you is a personal decision based on the type of care that you’re seeking. How do you find the best dentist for you or your family? Here are a few suggestions to make the best choice possible.
Step 1 – Find an In-Network Provider.
If you have dental insurance you probably want to start by reviewing the providers listed in your insurance company’s network. These providers have agreed to accept the discounted fee schedule presented by your insurance company. Remember, all doctors will “accept” a payment from your insurance company. Being “In-Network” means the doctor is working at a contracted rate which is usually a 30% to 50% discount off of the standard fees.
The words “In-Network” typically ensure the best price for your care. Once you find a few nearby move to step two!
Step 2 – Read online patient reviews of the practice.
Look to sites such as Google, Facebook, Rate A Biz and Health Grades.
This is the best way to ensure a broad base of public opinion on customer service. Determining the “Best Dentist” is a subjective search so a broad base of opinion is helpful.
Step 3 – Ask Dental specialists such as Orthodontist, Endodontist, Periodontist or Oral Surgeon.
You can also ask your family physician, pediatrician or local pharmacist. Get insights from health care professionals that know the area providers by reputation or firsthand experience.
Step 4 – Ask for referrals from friends and family.
We all have our personal preferences that make us unique. Asking the people that know you best may be helpful in finding a care provider that will mesh with your desired style of care.
Step 5 – Review their website and social media accounts.
- Does this practice take an active role in promoting health, patient education or values that are important to you?
- This will help you understand the personality of the practice and staff. Social media can also demonstrate the level of interest the practice has in engaging patients versus simply providing two cleanings a year.
Step 6 – See if they belong to societies and study clubs to stay current on industry advancements.
Examples would be:
- The American Dental Association. www.ada.org
- The American Association of Oral Systemic Health. www.aaosh.org
- Ohio Dental Association. www.oda.org
- American Dental Hygiene Society. www.ahda.org
If desired, practices should welcome new patients to a tour of the office and a consult with the doctor or staff prior to scheduling. Children should also be welcomed to tour the office and sit in the exam chair prior to an appointment to add familiarity and remove fear.
Going to the dentist should be a positive experience, even when you need treatment. Improving or maintaining our oral health extends the quality of your life. We recognize that many people have anxiety or fear of the dentist stemming from childhood experiences. Modern dentistry and the prevailing attitude of today’s care givers should make your future experiences more comfortable, welcoming and educational.
To schedule an appointment or office visit please visit us premierdentalohio.com and select the location nearest you.