Tips For Choosing the Right Dentist | Alpen Dental


How to Choose the Right Dentist

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Are you in the market for a new dentist? Maybe you’ve recently moved to the Red Deer area or switched health insurance providers. Or maybe your current dentist does not provide the options or services you need. Whatever the reason, finding one who will meet all your criteria can be painless if you follow these helpful tips.

Start With Your Insurance

It’s important that whoever you choose is covered by your health insurance, so reach out to them for a list of options in the area. This way, you know you’ll be fully covered and can avoid unpleasant surprises when bills get sent.

Get Personal Recommendations

While there are several popular online review sites available, it may sometimes be difficult to find reviews of the dental offices you are considering. Plus, studies show that people are 50 percent more likely to leave a negative review online than a positive one. Your most helpful feedback will be from people you can trust and who can provide well-rounded feedback. Ask friends and coworkers for leads on a dentist you can trust. Your doctor may have some connections as well. You can also speak with your pharmacist, who works with many dentist’s offices.

Your city likely has one or more Facebook groups that focus on helpful information for those in the area. Depending on the size of the group, you can get a helpful amount of honest feedback.

Once you have some recommendations to consider, it’s helpful to check on the advantages of each. There are a number of factors that can play into making your final choice, so you should ask about:

  1. After-hours and emergency care: 

    Does their clinic provide services beyond normal business hours? If you have a dental problem that needs immediate attention, will they be there to help?

  2. Office locations:

     Do they offer a location that’s easily accessible from home or work? If you need to fit an appointment into a busy schedule, it’s important their office is close enough to make it convenient for you.

  3. Anaesthesia options:

     Not all dentists offer options for anaesthetic choices during procedures. If you know certain types are helpful, or you know you can have a bad reaction to them, make sure they’ve got options that are suitable for you.

  4. Office cleanliness and appearance:

     It can be worthwhile to stop by the office with your questions. Not only will you get a good idea of staff friendliness and helpfulness, but you’ll also be able to take a look at their office environment. Does it look clean and well kept? Does it feel comfortable and friendly? The office environment can reflect the staff’s approach to patient care, too, so a good or bad first impression can provide helpful clues.

If you find yourself needing a dentist in Blackfalds or Rimbey, we’d love to help you discover why Alpen Dental is a great choice. With our full range of services for adults and children, convenient locations and focus on stress-free visits, Alpen Dental is committed to high-quality patient care. Message us or give us a call to learn more about how we can be your partner in oral health.