A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are great for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Chairside Manner
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, and will hopefully last a number of years, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they clearly answer your questions about procedures you’ll need? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Services, Emergency Care & Specialties
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. 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 that will need regular care, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist a convenient distance from your home or work? If you use public transit, is the office easy to access using your preferred method of transportation? 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 cheques, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
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? Does the general atmosphere of the office help you to feel comfortable?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision?
At Orijin Integrated Dentistry we are happy to have you visit us for a pre-scheduled tour of our office. Please contact us to book a time that's convenient. 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 choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has values that closely match your own. Chat with the dentist to learn about their approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Calgary
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Calgary, we hope you’ll consider us!