What is the reputation of the dentist?
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.
How comfortable are you when visiting?
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, 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 answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Do they offer all of the services that you require?
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?
For anyone in your family that may experience specific dental concerns, it may be ideal to seek out a dentist that can handle your unique situation.
Are you close to the office and do the hours work for you?
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? Is the parking paid or free? Is it close to the office? Do they have hours that work well with your work and home schedule?
Does the office take accessibility into account?
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.
Does the clinic offer financing or payment plans?
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, 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.
Is it easy to schedule and change your appointments?
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues? Are there any policies that you should be aware of?
What does the office look like?
- Is the dental office clean and orderly?
- Are the receptionists or administrative team welcoming?
- Are you able to visit the office prior to making a decision?
We are happy to have patients visit York Lanes 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.
What are the individual standards of the dentist?
When you have a dentist that shares similar values to you it can elevate the entire experience. 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 North York
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in North York, we hope you’ll consider us!