Are you seeking a dentist in Winnipeg? It can be a tricky task to find the right dentist, so today our dentists are sharing some tips on how to make the right choice.
A great dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask friends, family and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their recommendations yourself — you can accomplish this efficiently by looking up online reviews.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of dentists with practices in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
It's important that you have an honest, trusting relationship with your dentist, so one critical thing to consider is whether you'll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial appointment or consultation with a new dentist, consider these points:
Do they take time to listen to you and ask questions as you explain your symptoms? Would you be comfortable expressing any anxieties or fears you may have? Do they effectively answer your questions about any procedures you'll need? Does the dentist seem to listen and be responsive to your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Many dentists now offer a wide selection of services, thanks to advances in dental technology. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care? If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, you may opt to choose a dentist who specializes in this area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are their hours convenient for you?
For patients with special needs, 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.
Costs & Money Matters
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, cash)?
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.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
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 Sturgeon Creek Dental 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.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
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.
Welcoming new patients in Winnipeg
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Winnipeg, we hope you’ll consider us!