What to look for when Choosing a Dentist?

Choosing a dentist is sometimes hard to do. To whom can you entrust the health and wellbeing of your teeth and gums, and how do you determine that?

If you’ve recently relocated to Canberra in Australia, you will be happy to know that there is no shortage of qualified dentists and dental practices here. However, whether you are new in town or have decided you need a change from the Canberra dentist that you have been visiting, finding a new dental practice can be a challenge.

As well as someone that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are obviously looking for a dental practitioner who is worth his or her salt in dentistry, and who can be relied upon to look after your precious pearlies.

Here we have put together a few pointers to guide you along that decision-making process, and hopefully, we can help you make an informed choice.

Location and office hours

A trip to the dentist should be as easy as possible. If your dentist is located a 2-hour drive away, chances are, you will likely feel less motivated to book in a routine check as compared to say, a clinic just down the road from where you live.

When choosing a new dental practice, find one that is close to either your home or workplace. Also, find out if they provide convenient visiting hours such as weekends and afterhours.

Dental Anxiety

Most people are at least a little bit anxious about visiting the dentist. Does your dentist provide minimally invasive dental techniques to minimize the pain factor? Do they offer anti-anxiety medication and anesthetics to help make your treatment experience more comfortable? If you even have the slightest hint of dental phobia, it’s always good to have options to help cope with dental anxiety issues.

Good with children

You can tell whether a practice is kid-friendly by looking at how the dentists and staff interact with children and if the environment is set up to make children feel more comfortable. Do they offer something extra for kids that other clinics do not? Sometimes a great storybook collection or toy corner can mean the difference between a restless and well-behaved child in the waiting area.

Affordable payment plan options

Choosing a Canberra dentist that offers flexible payment plans is never a bad idea – especially those that offer “treatment first-pay later” options. In unpredictable times like these, who needs financial stress?

Post-care follow up

This can be a lost art in the busy and competitive world that we live in. However, the dentists that take the time and effort to follow up with patients after treatment tend to be more responsible and caring – and that’s definitely a plus point!

Good mix of male and female dentists

This is especially important if you are looking for a family dentist. Kids in particular can be very choosy about who their dentists are – they also tend to gravitate towards dentists with whom they feel more comfortable. Kids being kids, that often means having a gender bias in their choices.

Provide the majority of dental treatment under one roof

Does your Canberra dentist offer a comprehensive list of services that caters to all the needs of your growing family? Locating all the services your family needs in one clinic will save time and money while cutting down on unnecessary travel.

Molonglo Dental Surgery ticks all the boxes:

  • Flexible opening hours – open on weekends and into the evening
  • Conveniently located in Coombs suburb, within Molonglo Valley district of Canberra
  • 24-hour emergency services (after-hours consultation)
  • Pain-free options for treatments
  • Flexible payment plans (After Pay and Ezi-Pay)
  • First dental practice in Canberra to install the kid-friendly Dinosaur Chair
  • A diverse team of dentists and staff at your service
  • Offers pre-treatment anesthetics to better manage dental pain and anxiety relief.

Just relocated to ACT and looking for a Canberra dentist? Why not pay us a visit?

To find out how Molonglo Dental Surgery can better serve the oral care needs of you and your family, give us a call at 02 6287 1222.

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