Moving to a new city requires a lot of changes. Once settled in you have to learn your way around and locate a new place to buy groceries; locate schools and churches that meet your needs; and if you are wise you will seek out medical and dental providers before you actually need them. Let’s focus on the best way to find a dentist in a new city.
If you are moving to an area where your current dentist is familiar, you can request a reference. If you have trusted family or friends in the area, their recommendations provide a good place to start. If not, you can often ask co-workers or members of your congregation. If none of these options is available, you can look online or contact your local chamber of commerce to get the names of dentists in your area.
The location of your new dental provider’s office should be considered if other family members are to be included in your decision. Locating a dentist close to work is helpful to allow for ease of appointments around your employer’s schedule.
Dental office hours are important. If early morning, late day, or Saturday appointments are not available, this might be a factor in your decision.
Emergency coverage is another issue to consider. A broken tooth or oral trauma don’t always happen during the day. Make sure your new dentist has you covered on nights, holidays, and weekends.
Once you have narrowed down your search, visit the office. Is the waiting room clean? Is the office staff welcoming and helpful? Inquire about the various services available in this practice. If you have dental insurance, find out if it is accepted.
Once you are satisfied with what your research has revealed, schedule an appointment for a brief consultation to meet the dentist. Developing trust in your dental provider usually doesn’t occur overnight, so allow a little time for relationship building. However, if you know right away that an office doesn’t feel right to you, don’t settle. Move on to your next choice.
If you are selecting a dental provider to meet your entire family’s needs, ask your spouse to help investigate as well. But be proactive … don’t wait for a dental emergency to occur forcing you to make a choice without the benefits of research.
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