Finding a new dentist can be a very daunting task. Who you choose as your dentist in Las Vegas NV will have an enormous impact on your health, either positive or negative. It’s an important decision that can have consequences beyond your first visit, so take your time and choose wisely.
Today we’re discussing some of the questions you should ask and things you should consider. Some of the information is common sense, some is not so obvious, and some is insider knowledge.
Is the dentist interested in whole body health?
The right dentist is concerned not just with your teeth, but also with the connection of oral health to the rest of the body. Your dentist should ask you about your health history and educate you regarding how your oral health impacts the health throughout your body.
Problems in your mouth can increase your chances of heart disease, dementia and diabetes to name a few, and the right dentist is thinking about the health of the mouth in connection with the health of the rest of the body.
Is the dentist in Las Vegas NV a member of a professional organization?
Dentists in professional organizations work to refine their hands-on clinical skills beyond what they learned in school. This should be differentiated from continuing education courses that are lecture-based and don’t involve hands-on skill refinement.
Do you have an out-of-network option through your insurance company?
You may have a list of dentists that your insurance company requires you to see. Ask your insurance company if there is an out-of-network option as you will be limited to a certain type of dentist if picking only from that list.
Ask for a recommendation from friends, family or coworkers.
Only take the recommendation if they’ve had work other than cleanings done, like a crown or bridge. You might wind up with a good hygienist who’s practicing with an incompetent dentist, which is often the case.
Google the dentist.
Your peers on the web will have something to say, but not all reviews are created equal. Look at reviews that personally relate a story. The boilerplate type of review that refers to all aspects of the practice and doesn’t get into details about procedures should be considered suspect.
Finding a good, but reasonable dentist in Las Vegas NV may be difficult. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is never truer than in dentistry. If you choose a cheap, low quality dentist, it will cost you a lot more in the long run (and even in the short term in some cases) than finding a quality dentist at higher prices.
Make sure you are paying a fair market fee for quality dentistry, and you will enjoy the best deal while saving money over the years. How do you determine what’s fair? Compare the fees of four major services among four or five dentists in your area. The services to compare are a cleaning, a crown, root canal and a recall exam.