Finding the right dentist in Whitehorse can be hard work, which is why our dentists at Klondyke Dental Centre are sharing tips on how you can choose the best dentist for you.
A great dentist should have a good reputation in the neighbourhood. Ask your friends, family and coworkers which dentists they visit and look their suggestions up online– review sites 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 & Comfort Level
It's important to have a good relationship with your dentist, thats why an essential thing to consider is whether or not you’ll feel comfortable with this person. At your initial consultation or first appointment with your new dentist, think about the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain your symptoms and ask questions? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
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, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Are the hours convenient for you? Is the new dentist close to where you live or work? Can you get there by public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient or free?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office is able to accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs most 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.
Do they have multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
Even though your health is the most important factor, money can also be an issue. Don’t be afraid to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team at Klondyke Dental Centre 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 friendly and welcoming?
Are you able to visit prior to making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit us at Klondyke Dental Centre 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.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When choosing a dentist, it’s important to make sure that they have the same values as you do. 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 Whitehorse
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Whitehorse, we hope you’ll consider us!