17 Questions to Ask a New Dentist

Things Everyone Should Ask a Potential New Dentist

Trying to find the perfect new dentist doesn't have to be challenging or time-consuming if you know what you're looking for in the first place. Start out by writing down any of your concerns or conditions, as well as questions.

Questions will vary from person to person. Maybe you're moving somewhere completely new and have no idea where to start. Perhaps you don't like your dentist and want to switch. Or maybe your current dentist is closing their practice and you need to go somewhere else.

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Questions to Ask a New Dentist

Here are a few questions to ask a new dentist and yourself.

  1. Is the dentist accepting new patients?
  2. How long has the dentist been in practice?
  3. How long has the dentist been at their current location?
  4. Does the dentist treat patients with special conditions, i.e. physical handicaps, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, autism, special needs children, etc.?
  5. Does the dentist use any relaxation or sedation techniques to ease dental phobia?
  6. Does the dentist see children as well as adults?
  7. How long does it take to get an appointment?
  8. Is there a fee for missed or cancelled appointments?
  9. What kind of dental technology does the dentist use?
  10. Does the dentist take continuing education courses and stay up to date with the latest techniques?
  11. Is the office convenient to your work or home?
  12. Are the office hours compatible with your schedule?
  13. What kind of emergency, after-hours care does the dentist provide?
  14. Does the office offer any kind of payment plans?
  15. Does the office accept your insurance?
  16. Will the office file claims for you or will you have to do it yourself?
  17. How does payment work? Does the office accept copays or do you have to pay the full amount up front?

If you're prepared to ask the right questions, finding a new dentist will be a breeze.

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