Take your time choosing a dentist; don’t wait for an emergency! There are several things to consider when looking for a dentist.
Location and office hours
Choose a dentist close to home or work. This will prevent you from saying “It’s too far, or I just don’t have time”. Therefore will make it easier to schedule visits and to arrive on time. Also, make sure that the dental office is open on the days and at the times when you are able to schedule an appointment.
Delta Dental Clinic is open Monday through Saturday. We have plenty of parking available.
Does the dentist accept your insurance? Does the dentist offer multiple payment options (credit cards, personal checks, payment plans)? If your insurance plan requires referrals to specialists, can this dentist provide them?
Also, be aware that costs vary by practice. If you can, get estimates of what your dentist might charge for common procedures such as fillings, crowns or root canal therapy. Even if you have dental insurance, you may be paying part of the costs yourself.
One of the most important things to consider when you choose a dentist is whether you feel comfortable with that person. Are you able to explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you feel like the dentist hears and understands your concerns? Would you feel comfortable asking for pain medicine, expressing your fear or anxiety, or asking questions about a procedure?
You can read Dr. Dhir’s bio here. Get to know him and see if he’s someone who you can trust to be your dentist in Delta.
The dentist’s office should be able to tell you about the dentist’s training. The office also should have policies on infection control. If the staff seems uncomfortable answering your questions, or you are uncomfortable with their answers, consider finding another dentist. You can also obtain information about a dentist’s qualifications from the local dental society or your insurance carrier. Most organizations of specialty dentists also list their members and qualifications.
Come by our office and talk to our office admistrator: Penny. She’s a veteran in the field of dental care. She will be able to answer all your questions and concerns.
Find out what happens if you have an emergency, either during normal office hours or at night or on a weekend. A dentist should not refer you to a hospital emergency room. You should be able to contact your dentist (or a suitable substitute) at any time by calling an answering service, cell phone or pager.
At Delta Dental Clinic, we accept all dental emergencies. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call at: (778) 590-1373
Province licensing boards
Most provincial dental boards such as British Columbia Dental Association, have a website where you can verify if your dentist is licensed. The website also should tell you whether there have been any disciplinary actions taken against him or her.
How To Find a Dentist
- Your friends and family — Friends and family members are a great resource. They can tell you about the personality of the dentist and office staff, and answer questions. Here are some good questions to ask:
How well does the dentist explain treatment options?
How long do you have to sit in the waiting room?
Do you feel comfortable asking questions?
How does the office handle emergencies?
How long do you have to wait for an appointment?
How are bills handled?
- Your current dentist — If you are moving, ask your current dentist if he or she knows of someone to recommend near your new home.
- Your physician — Your physician may be able to provide some names of dentists.heck the yellow pages or be alert for advertisements.