What is the reputation of the dentist?
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Check with your friends and family to see if anyone has any experience with the local dentists.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Are you comfortable and does the dentist have a good rapport?
You will be spending some time in close range of this person and they will be in charge of your dental health so it is important to feel comfortable during your visit. During your initial consultation or appointment 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?
Does the clinic offer core and specialty services as well as emergency care?
Thanks to today's technology there are a number of different services that can be offered. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? Will you be able to visit if you are having a dental emergency?
If you have specific oral care needs you should choose a dentist that focuses on that specific area of dental care.
What are the hours and location of the dental clinic?
Is the new dentist you choose located near your home or workplace? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
Do they meet any accessibility needs that you or your family may have?
If either you or one of your family members has any accessibility needs then you will want to make sure that the clinic and team can accommodate these. it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Are you able to pay using your preferred payment method?
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance 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.
Is there a dedicated process or team member for scheduling?
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
What can you expect from the office appearance?
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 Brandon Dental Centre 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.
Doe the dentist share values that are similar to your own?
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
We are happy to welcome new patients in Brandon
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Brandon, we hope you’ll consider us!