You’re in the market for a new dentist. You know your dental health is important, and you want a provider that will care for your teeth in a way that is skilled, affordable, and efficient.
So, what should you consider? In addition to finding a provider who is covered under your insurance plan, here are three factors that will help you evaluate a dentist before making a decision.
1. Range of Services
Many dentists list themselves as specialists in general dentistry. However, when you’re considering your dental care, it’s important to plan for the specific types of procedures you may need. Common specialties that you may want to look for include:
- Restorative and cosmetic dentistry - If you are looking for a dentist who will help you put your best foot (or smile) forward, this is the type of dentist you’ll want to look for. These dentists provide a range of procedures, from simple cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening to more comprehensive smile redesigns.
- Orthodontics - Young children often need braces, but more and more adults are taking charge of their smiles with orthodontics too. In addition to traditional orthodontics, your provider may also offer Invisalign, which allows you to enjoy a metal-free smile as your teeth are straightened.
- Dental implants and oral surgery - Many patients choose dental implants because they provide a high-quality, lasting solution to missing teeth.
- TMD and TMJ treatment - Temporomandibular joint Disorder, also known as TMJ Disorder or TMD, occurs when jaw muscles strain to compensate for a misaligned bite. Treatments range from physical therapy to surgery, depending on the specific case.
- Root Canal/ Endodontics - Root canals are used to treat tooth pain caused by serious decay or infection in the tooth pulp.
- Dentures/ Prosthodontics - These can be used to replace missing or decaying teeth.
2. Approach to Patient Care
Are the staff committed to your maximum comfort? Some dentists are trained to cater to patients with dental anxiety, which will help if you’re one of the 75% of US adults who experience a mild to severe degree of dental fear. Some dentists even offer services like sound-blocking headphones and radio and TV options.
3. Sedation Options
If your dental anxiety causes you to feel sick, lose sleep between appointments, or avoid appointments altogether, you may wish to consider a provider who offers dental sedation. Options for sedation often include inhalation sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Depending on the procedure and your needs, your dentist will help you choose the path that’s right for you.
Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience. It’s important to find a provider who will care for both your physical and emotional well-being.
At Boger Dental, we’re committed to providing top-notch, comfortable dental care for you and your family. We’re trained to be sensitive to dental phobias, do everything we can to ensure you have the best possible experience. Our patients tell us over and over that they notice the difference at Boger from the minute they walk in the door. We assure you that you will too.
Curious how Boger Dental can help you meet your dental care needs? Great! Schedule an appointment online or call us at (763) 546-7707. We look forward to serving you!
Considering sedation for a stressful or complex procedure? To learn more about your dental sedation options, please request a consultation online. If you prefer email, drop us a line at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!