Are you getting ready to meet with a prospective dentist? Here is what you can do at the consultation appointment to ensure that the dentist will be able to meet your needs and expectations as time goes on:
Present a List of Questions and Concerns
One of the most important things you can do at your consultation appointment to ensure that a prospective dentist will be able and willing to meet your long-term needs and expectations is present the dentist with a list of your personal questions and concerns to be addressed before the meeting ends.
Before the meeting takes place, spend some time making a list of your questions and concerns. Think about your current dental needs and needs you may develop in the future. Consider the aesthetic aspect of dental care. Are you worried about needing braces, bridges, or even dentures at any time in the near future?
And then consider all the service aspects of dental care. How much time can you expect to spend in the waiting room when you show up for your dental appointments? Take your list along with you to use as a guideline when meeting with a prospective dentist to ensure that nothing of importance to you gets overlooked.
Pay Close Attention to the Facilities
It's also a good idea to pay close attention to the facilities when you show up for your consultation appointment. Take note of the cleanliness of the waiting room and the entertainment options that are available for both adults and kids.
Make sure that the office where you'll get your checkups and treatments is clean and spacious. And make sure that the facility features space and tools for things like X-rays and minor surgeries to ensure that you won't have to find a third-party service provider to handle your more in-depth dental needs as time goes on.
Ask About Appointment Availability
It is also a good idea to ask about appointment availability during your consultation appointment with a prospective dentist. Some dentists have a full workload and request that appointments be made weeks, if not months, in advance. Other dentists maintain a more modest client base to ensure that they can accommodate their patients even for last-minute and emergency appointments.
So if you want the flexibility of being able to make appointments just a couple days ahead of time or scheduling last-minute teeth whitening sessions in anticipation for a big night out, make sure that the dentist you consider working with is able to accommodate those needs in the coming months and years.